Carteret County Schools gets $50,000 gift to support reading program


BEAUFORT, N.C. (WNCT) – The Big Rock Marlin Tournament awarded $50,000 to the Hill Center of Durham to support a reading intervention program for Carteret County Public Schools’ most struggling students.

The gift will provide 15 IPads to Carteret County teachers and 75 IPads to 180 students who will use them to access the Hill Reading Achievement Program.

The gift expands a project established in the 2015-2016 school year where Carteret County beta-tested the Hill Center’s Hill Learning System.

“With paper and pencil, the students were somewhat engaged, but I would see a lot of off-task behavior and a lot of wanting to look around the room,” Bogue Elementary School teacher, Brooke Crocker, said. “Once we went to iPads, it was 100% engagement.”

The program is designed to help struggling learners read through technology.

“Our commitment has always been to help to provide the very best that we could,” Tommy Bennett, chairman of the Big Rock Tournament Charity Committee, said. “It’s heartwarming and it’s a humbling experience to see.”

The program uses tablets and the web to support student learning and teacher training.

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