Georgia Foundation for Public Education awards $ 115,000 in Rural Education Fund grants to schools and districts
The Georgia Foundation for Public Education awarded its fourth round of Rural Education Fund grants, offering 12 grants to schools and districts in Georgia.
Totaling $ 115,003, this year’s Rural Education Fund grants will fund middle-level literacy programs; a STEM racing team; mental health supports for students; virtual reality glasses to help elementary school students discover and explore the world; science and mathematics education; computer training; an EMT Career Pathway program; a computer e-sport club; professional training; and a curriculum to help students with disabilities prepare for college or a career.
Grants from the Rural Education Fund are flexible and can be used for a wide range of initiatives – applicants are encouraged to propose a project that will solve a current challenge within their school or district and generate positive student outcomes. .
“Over the past few years, we’ve seen school districts across Georgia use grants from the Rural Education Fund to support bold, creative, student-centered projects – and this year’s grantees are continuing that legacy,” said the principal. executive of the GFPE. “We know the need is greater than ever as schools grapple with the effects of the pandemic, and thanks to the generosity of so many donors statewide, we have been able to increase the amount of funds available for grants. individuals at $ 10,000. I look forward to seeing the work accomplished by this year’s grant recipients.
The Rural Education Fund was established to help schools and rural districts meet the needs of their students. Any school or public district located in a Georgia county with a population of 35,000 or less was eligible to apply for the 2021 grant cycle.
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2021 Rural Education Fund grant recipients
Appling County Middle School in Appling County: $ 10,000 for the ABC Literacy Project
The ABC Literacy Project will engage community partners, including First District RESA, Baxley News-Banner and the Okefenokee Public Library System, to provide high-quality reading content – both digital and physical material – and curriculum to students at Appling County Middle School.
Fitzgerald High School College & Career Academy of Ben Hill County: $ 10,000 for the Electrathon America running team
Fitzgerald High School College & Career Academy (FHSCCA) will launch an Electrathon America Racing Team, a competitive club that will give students the opportunity to design, build, test and develop electric vehicles. Through the program, FHSCCA hopes to stimulate student interest in STEM.
Burke County Middle School in Burke County: $ 10,000 for the Calhouligan Nation Reading Program
Burke County Middle School will implement the Calhouligan Nation Reading Program, designed to make reading competitive. Specifically, classrooms will create reading teams where they name the team, create a matching nickname indicator, and track how much each team member reads.
Cook Elementary School of Cook County: $ 9,265 for the rebound
Cook County has seen significant traumatic events including natural disasters, food insecurity and, most recently, the pandemic. Cook Elementary School will launch Bounce Back, a program aimed at building resilience in school-aged children. Specifically, Bounce Back targets childhood trauma and stress relief, which the Cook County Elementary School has identified as an area of need.
Emanuel County Schools in Emanuel County: $ 10,000 for virtual reality
Schools in Emanuel County will purchase virtual reality glasses for its 1,892 kindergarten to grade five students. The goal is to enhance the standards-based learning environment by providing students with the opportunity to take students out of the classroom to explore the world virtually.
Claxton Middle School in Evans County: $ 8,718 for WozED
Claxton Middle School will implement WozED, a standards-based program that engages students in scientific and mathematical research. Through interactive kits, students will be exposed to real-world STEM situations and have the opportunity to solve problems using the scientific method.
Heard County Comprehensive High School in Heard County: $ 10,000 for BraveLIFE
Heard County Comprehensive High School (HCCHS) will implement BraveLIFE, a special education program that creates real work experience for students with significant cognitive impairments. The aim is to ensure that students with disabilities at the HCCHS will be prepared for college or career after graduation.
Lamar County Middle School in Lamar County: $ 9,020 for computer science
Lamar County Middle School is looking to expand its standards-based computer science courses by developing a curriculum focused on robotics, drones, and simple circuits. By offering the additional technology, students will gain greater exposure to the various computer fields.
Oglethorpe County High School of Oglethorpe County: $ 10,000 for the EMT Career Pathway program
Oglethorpe County High School will launch an emergency medical services career path program. The grant from the Rural Education Fund will complement other grant funds to furnish the laboratory, including the acquisition of a medical mannequin and wound kits for hands-on learning experiences.
Pickens County High School: $ 10,000 for eSports
In 2018, Pickens High School (PHS) expanded its computer course offering by launching the E-sports club. Since its inception, the club has created opportunities to learn, practice and compete in eSports and, in turn, created a strong demand for participation. PHS is looking to expand its esports club by adding more equipment to engage other students.
Sumter County Furlow Charter School: $ 10,000 for dinosaur diplomacy
Assessments indicate that reading skills have declined in the wake of the pandemic fall. In response, the Furlow Charter School (FCS) will implement Dinosaur Diplomacy, a project-based literacy and peace initiative. Using the program, FCS will target students with the greatest deficits.
White County High School of White County: $ 8,000 for vocational training program
Only one-third of students with disabilities at White County High School (WCHS) graduate for a job, post-secondary education, or vocational training. WCHS will implement Hands-On Task, a pre-professional program for students with developmental disabilities. The program simulates an employment environment where students can acquire interpersonal and job readiness skills to successfully prepare its students for a professional, post-secondary or professional environment.