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Poquoson Schools Awarded $500,000 from Department of Defense Education Activity

Poquoson City Public Schools has been selected to receive a 2018 Department of Defense Education Activity grant award.  These grants support military students and the school divisions that serve them.  "Recognizing that over 600,000 military-connected students attend public schools, our ability to influence educational outcomes is best leveraged through community partnerships with school districts and professional organizations. We are proud to be able to share resources with school districts that allow for the expansion of existing programs as well as fund innovative solutions to meet the academic, social and emotional needs not only to the military-connected students but to every student in their learning community,” wrote Kathleen Facon, Chief, Educational Partnership and Resources Department of Defense Educational Activity.

The school division will be awarded $500,000 over five years to provide students in grades K-8 with instructional opportunities that target college and career readiness outcomes by and through a tiered system of supports. The grant will also enhance the work currently being done in the areas of Project Based Learning and in STEM education and provide technology for students.

“We are extremely pleased to be awarded this grant. It enables us to strengthen our current instructional initiatives and to provide specific support to students.” said Jennifer Parish, Superintendent. “It also provides us with additional funding to continue to address the needs of our students and as we work to fully prepare them for college and career.”

 “We are looking forward to continuing to provide our students with a rigorous academic program and are excited that this grant will help us innovate and expand the programs and supports we offer to students,” responded Antonia Fox, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Support Services.