Northridge High to receive DOD grant money

Oct 26 2011 - 12:34pm

ARLINGTON, VA -- The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Educational Partnership awarded a $660,000 grant to the Davis School District through the FY 11 Grant Program.

The grant will benefit Northridge High School in the Davis School District. The District serves students whose parents are assigned to Hill Air Force Base.

"The Department of Defense is strongly committed to ensuring that the children of military families receive an excellent education that prepares them for successful careers and to be active contributors to their communities and the nation," said Marilee Fitzgerald, DoDEA Acting Director. "Our partnerships with public schools serving military-connected families are an important part of that commitment."

"Northridge High has enjoyed a long standing partnership with Hill Air Force Base and recently has worked in conjunction with them to develop a strong engineering program," said Northridge Principal John D. Haning. "Just this year we started a Robotics program that has been wildly popular and we look forward to growing this program with those additional dollars provided through this grant."

Haning said Assistant Principal Luke Rasmussen was instrumental in writing the grant submission with technical support from many of our teachers and district personnel.

"The intent of this grant will be to focus on technology in our engineering, math and science classrooms that could lead our students to careers in engineering and related fields," Haning said.

Haning added that the grant will allow the school to provide transition support for students from military families and other HAFB-connected students who may encounter some unique hardships due to deployments and frequent transitions.

"The infusion of this money into our tight budget will benefit the entire school and community of Northridge," Haning said.

All grants focus on enhancing student learning opportunities, student achievement, and educator professional development at military-connected schools. Some grants also have a counseling component that focuses on easing the challenges that military students face due to transitions and deployments.

While some active duty military families are stationed in overseas locations, the majority live on or near a military installation in the U.S. Approximately 60 percent of the children of military families in the U.S. are school age and the majority of them attend public schools throughout the nation.

The Educational Partnership Grant Program is designed to ease transition of children from military families from attendance in DoDEA schools to attendance in public schools.

The program provides assistance to support quality programs and strategies to improve academic achievement and learning outcomes of children of military members.

DoDEA awarded more than $64 million in grants this year to public schools serving military children throughout the nation. The grants were awarded to 57 military-connected local education agencies (LEAs) to increase student achievement and ease the challenges military students face due to transitions and deployment.

To be eligible for participation in the grant, the district must have an active military-connected student population of 5 percent or more, with a population of 15 percent or more military-connected students at the school level.

DoDEA consists of the Department of Defense Dependents Schools located overseas, and the Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools located in the U.S. and its territories and possessions. DoDEA provides education to eligible DoD military and civilian dependents from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Education Activities throughout the U.S. that serve children of military families.

-- This press release came from Connie Gillette of the Department of Defense.

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