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City to Award 47.5K to Local Schools

Since 2008, the Mayor and Council has provided grant monies to those neighborhood boundary schools that serve College Park students. The purpose of the grants is to support local schools in enriching students’ educational experience. FY 2015 available grant funds total $47,500.

Grant amounts available are in two tiers- maximum $7,500 and maximum $2,500. The amount a school is eligible for is dependent on the number of College Park students in their school.

The four schools with the largest number of College Park students, Hollywood Elementary Paint Branch Elementary, Greenbelt Middle and Parkdale High are eligible for up to $7,500. The other neighborhood boundary schools, Berwyn Heights Elementary, Cherokee Lane, University Park Elementary, Buck Lodge Middle, Hyattsville Middle and High Point High School are eligible for a grant up to $2,500.

Of the 10 application packets that were sent to qualified schools, six schools have submitted applications. The Education Advisory Committee (EAC) has asked one, Greenbelt Middle for additional information and the remaining three, High Point High School, Buck Lodge Middle School and University Park Elementary have asked for an extension.

On October 20, 2014 the EAC met to discuss the request for an extension and review the applications submitted. Present were Chair Carolyn Bernache and members Charlene Mahoney, Doris Ellis, Tricia Hunter, Brian Bertges and Peggy Wilson. Also present were City Staff Liaison Peggy Higgins and Recording Secretary Faheem Mahmooth

The Committee approved the extension request and in reviewing the submissions asked Greenbelt Middle for additional information. Those applications will be submitted to the Council with recommendations in December/January.

Following review and discussion of the submitted applications, the EAC is recommending that the Mayor and Council award grant monies to the following for their submitted projects The amount totals $30,000.
Hollywood Elementary
Paint Branch Elementary
Parkdale High School

Equipment and Materials Investment to Enhance Educational Opportunities ($7,500) Equipment and Materials Investment to Enhance Educational Opportunities ($7 ,500) Robotics ($7,500)

The Education Advisory Committee also recommends that the Mayor and Council award $2,500 in grant monies to each of the following schools for their submitted projects. Berwyn Heights Elementary Science and Museum Week Excursions ($2,500) Cherokee Lane Elementary Podcast Book Club ($2,500) Hyattsville Middle School Sophisticated Ladies ($2,500)

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