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Council Discusses $47.5K Grant to Area’s Schools

Hollywood Elementary School

Hollywood Elementary School

In last night’s Council meeting, the Mayor and Council discussed grants to areas schools that serve College Park’s students.

The purpose of the grants is to support local schools in enriching students’ educational experience. The grant funds available in FY 2014 available grant funds total $47,500. Grant amounts are available 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 (335 College Park students), Paint Branch Elementary (216), Greenbelt Middle (168) and Parkdale High (210) are eligible for up to $7,500.

The other schools serving College Park residents — Berwyn Heights Elementary (32), Cherokee Lane (59), University Park Elementary (27), Buck Lodge Middle (19), Hyattsville Middle (22) and High Point High School (51) — are eligible for grants up to $2,500. Of the 10 application packets that were sent to qualified schools, 8 schools submitted applications.

Following review and discussion, the Education Advisory Committee sent the grant application from Greenbelt Middle School to answer some questions and will present its recommendation in December. The EAC recommended that the Mayor and Council award grant monies to the remaining schools for their submitted projects in the following amounts, totaling $32,500: (1) Hollywood Elementary for Equipment and Materials Investment to Enhance Educational Opportunities ($7,500) (2) Paint Branch Elementary for Cultural Arts Program ($7 ,500) (3) Parkdale High School for Blended Learning Opportunity/Credit Recovery ($7 ,500).

The Education Advisory Committee also recommended that the Mayor and Council award $2,500 in grant monies to each of the following schools for their submitted projects: (1) Berwyn Heights Elementary Healthy Initiative Project ($2,500), (2) University Park Elementary ESOL Reading Success ($2,500), (3) Buck Lodge Middle School Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports Incentive Program ($2,500) and (4) High Point High School Outreach Coordinator ($2,500)

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