[r59] Grant Money Aides Bartholomew County Schools (4/12/2010)

Monday, April 12, 2010

Start Date: 4/12/2010 All Day
End Date: 4/12/2010

STATEHOUSE- The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) awarded the Bartholomew County School Corporation (BCSC) with over one million dollars in grant money.

The first grant is for $800,000 and will be used to expand after school programs such as tutoring through the Beacon Learning Centers. The program offers additional education assistance to nearly 1,100 kids each year.

The second grant is for $203,900 and is part of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC). The money is to be used to build or expand community learning centers. 21st CCLC offers additional education help to students in reading and mathematics as well as classes that complement their regular academic curriculum.

BCSC will use the $203,900 grant will aid 150 students at 3 schools, elementary and middle. The programs will be offered after school, during the summer, and on weekends and include:

·         Math, Reading, and Science Assistance

·         Tutoring and Mentoring

·         Pre AP and AP course development

·         Arts and Music

·         Drug, Violence, and Character Development

·         Family Education (For Adults on the Weekend)

"To receive over one million dollars in grant money is such a great blessing for the BCSC," Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus) said. "Education has always been one of my top priorities as a legislator. So, I am extremely excited about this grant money because it gives our schools the ability to help students outside the classroom who might not otherwise receive this opportunity.  I am proud of our school corporation for working hard and applying for the 21st CCLC grant, and I know nothing but positive results will ensue for our students."