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Georgia Foundation for Public Education awards $70,000 in Rural Education Fund grants to schools and districts

The Georgia Public Education Foundation (GFPE) awarded its fifth round of Rural Education Fund grants this week, providing seven grants to Georgia schools and school districts.

This year’s Rural Education Fund grants totaling $70,000 are for elementary literacy programs, elementary farming programs, student band instruments, support for STEM programs, and virtual reality headsets to help elementary school students experience and explore the world. provide funding for and extracurricular programs after school.

Rural Education Fund grants are flexible and can be used for many initiatives. For example, applicants are asked to propose projects to solve current challenges within their school or district and improve student achievement.

“Since the first disbursement of the Rural Education Fund Grant, we have seen schools and districts use the funds to support bold, creative and student-centered projects. continues that legacy,” said GFPE Executive Director Paige Pushkin. “The Rural Education Fund is funded by the purchase of Georgia’s ‘educator’ and ‘supportive education’ license tags and we thank everyone who made this possible. From 2022 he I can’t wait to see what the seven grant recipients accomplish. ”

The Rural Education Fund (REF) wants to provide up to $10,000 to traditional public schools, charter schools, and school districts in counties with 35,000 residents or less to improve student outcomes. Any Georgia County public school or community with a population of 35,000 or less was eligible to apply for the 2022 grant cycle.

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2022 Rural Education Fund Grant Recipients

Dawson County Schools in Dawson County: $10,000 for art education

Dawson County uses Rural Education Fund grants to support arts education in rural communities. Grants support the purchase of equipment for music, arts and theater programs throughout the district.

franklin county high school of franklin county: Band Instruments $10,000

Franklin County High School (FCHS) uses Rural Education Fund grants to purchase instruments for its band program. The band serves more than 60 of her students, and the purchase of eight instruments and equipment helps achieve the program’s goal of providing all students with school-owned, high-quality instruments. help.

South dodge primary school school of dodge county: $10,000 for STEM Success

South Dodge Elementary School uses Rural Education Fund grants to promote the academic success of all students on STEM pathways. Specifically, the school will integrate more operations for students to complete hands-on learning experiences.

Quitman primary school school of brooks County: $10,000 agricultural program

Quitman Elementary School will use a Rural Education Fund grant to grow a pollinator garden that can be pollinated by bee colonies. Students will learn about plant reproduction and different types of pollinating insects. They also learn to determine which plants grow best based on the school’s geography and climate. The school will partner with the Farm Bureau and the local Women’s Committee, whose members will serve as guest speakers.

Pickens County Tate Elementary School: $10,000 for the StoryWalk Literacy Program

Tate Elementary School uses a robust outdoor space to conduct StoryWalk. StoryWalk is a program that promotes literacy, health and physical activity in communities and communities across the United States. Tate Elementary School will use a Rural Education Fund grant to purchase books, materials, and equipment to create the Storywalk area. Construction classes at local high schools help build Storywalks, and county libraries work together to select age-appropriate books.

unity primary school school of Merryweather county: $10,000 in Virtual Reality

Unity Elementary School will use the grant to purchase virtual reality headsets and science, language, and social studies teaching curricula to supplement traditional lesson plans. With a particular focus on her 3rd grade through her 5th grade, students of all grades can travel to facilitate virtual, experiential learning. The school partners with the Merriweather Chamber of Commerce, Merriweather Family Connection, and other community groups to offer supplementary lessons related to virtual reality lessons for students.

wheeler county high school of wheeler county: After School Program $10,000

The Wheeler County School District will partner with the Wheeler County Chamber of Commerce to launch an after-school program at Wheeler County High Schools. Inspired by the district’s mission statement, “Inspire, Care, Support, Lead” (ICSL), the program addresses student needs and promotes community service and leadership. REF grants fund after-school transportation and equipment for ICSL service projects.