WATERBURY CENTER, VT. >> Nine schools in Vermont and New Hampshire will each be receiving $25,000 literacy grants for the upcoming academic year.

The Vermont-based Children's Literacy Foundation will provide the grants for literacy programs, events, support, professional development, and new books to each school over the course of one school year.

The grants aim to inspire a love of reading and writing in children.

The New Hampshire recipients are the Belmont and Maple Avenue elementary schools in Claremont, the Bethlehem Elementary School and Russel Elementary School in Rumney.

The Vermont schools that will be receiving the grants are the Marlboro School, Bennington Elementary School, Waits River Valley School in East Corinth, Richford Elementary School, and Williamstown Elementary School.