At next week’s meeting, the City Council will consider awarding FY 24 Education Grants to enhance local schools’ initiatives. The proposed allocations include

  • $2,250 for the College Park Academy’s Business Signature Program,
  • $2,750 for Cherokee Lane Elementary’s Outdoor Learning Plan
  • $2,750 Buck Lodge Middle’s Positive Behaviors Interventions and Supports Incentive Program,
  • $2,834.22 for University Park Elementary’s Special Education – Behavioral Supports,
  • $8,000 for Paint Branch Elementary’s K-6 Field Trips/Assemblies, and
  • a $200 PTO Grant for Cherokee Lane Elementary’s promotional items.

The City Council anticipates positive community impacts through these strategic grant allocations.

Since 2008, the Mayor and Council of College Park have been dedicated to enhancing the educational experience of local students by providing grant funding to public neighborhood boundary schools. These grants serve the dual purpose of enriching students’ learning journeys and contributing to the overall improvement of College Park neighborhoods.

The grant amounts are categorized into two tiers based on the number of College Park students enrolled in each school. Tier one schools, including Hollywood Elementary, Paint Branch Elementary, Greenbelt Middle, and Parkdale High, may receive grants of up to $8,000. Tier two schools, such as Berwyn Heights Elementary, Cherokee Lane Elementary, University Park Elementary, Buck Lodge Middle, and High Point High School, are eligible for grants of up to $2,750. College Park Academy is also eligible for up to $2,250 to support the educational needs of its students and the school community.

For the current school year, grant applications from five of the ten eligible schools have been received and recommended for approval by the Education Advisory Committee (EAC) and the Mayor and Council. Efforts are ongoing to collect applications from the remaining five schools, with presentations scheduled for a later date.

In a commendable move, the Council approved Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) and Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) grants in May 2023. Tier one schools can receive $500, while tier two schools are eligible for $200 in the 2023-2024 school year. The City’s newly hired Education Support Specialist has been actively engaging PTO/PTA organizations, encouraging them to apply for these grant funds.

The current grants under consideration include initiatives such as the College Park Academy Business Signature Program, Cherokee Lane Elementary’s Outdoor Learning Plan, Buck Lodge Middle’s Positive Behaviors Interventions and Supports Incentive Program, University Park Elementary’s Special Education – Behavioral Supports, Paint Branch Elementary’s K-6 Field Trips/Assemblies, and a $200 PTO grant for promotional items at Cherokee Lane Elementary.

The fiscal impact of these grants is $18,784.22, a budgeted allocation in the FY 2024 budget. This investment underscores the City’s commitment to fostering educational excellence and community development through targeted grants for College Park schools.