Cindy Wood, Brownwood Intermediate School computer applications teacher, said she’s always known that reading would pay off.

As a teacher, Wood said, that’s what she tries to teach.

But even for a believer like Wood, the delivery of a $15,000 grant check from the Verizon Foundation was “a total shock.”

“I read in a magazine, months ago, that the Verizon Foundation gives grant money for literacy projects in school,” Wood said. “So I wrote a grant application seeking funding for our school’s ‘Family Book Club.’”

A few weeks after the application had been made, Wood received word the school would be receiving a check for $15,000, which Wood said, she learned is actually much more than the standard grant amount.

Friday, Barbara L. Walker, director of external affairs for Verizon, and Joe Sanchez, area manager for customer operations, delivered the check.

The grant from Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon, will enable the school to purchase the materials needed for the “Family Book Club” project.

BIS librarian Christine Moore came up with the “Family Book Club” project last year and it is designed to “put a book in every fifth and sixth grade student’s home once or twice a week,” Moore said.

“Student and parent interaction is the objective with an increase of reading skills as the outcome.”

In presenting the check, Walker said, “Literacy is one of the strategic areas we focus on and is, therefore, one of the foundation’s major funding priorities.

“The ‘Family Book Club’ program is a very good program, and we at Verizon are very proud to be able to bring you this grant.

“Thank you for your participation,” Walker told students at the assembly Friday, “and best wishes for the program’s continued success.”