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School Board Receives Community Service Grant – Lowndes Signal

School board receives community service grant

Posted 9:54 am on Monday, October 10, 2022

The Lowndes County School Board recently received a $7,500.00 Community Service Grant to help students in the Career and Technical Education Program with the costs necessary to attend programs and clubs and will help pay for dual enrollment course. These funds, from the Education Trust Fund, were presented to School Board Superintendent Jason Burroughs and Career and Technical Education Advisor DeAndre Crowell by District 23 Senator Malika Sanders-Fortier. “We hope this grant helps you continue to do what you do for our students and children, they are our greatest resource,” Sanders-Fortier said. The goal of the Lowndes County Vocational Technical Education Program is to provide students with access to a flexible system of rigorous academic and professional learning through a sequence of courses designed to prepare them for life after high school. “Mr. Crowell primarily works with the students of our two high schools to try to put them on a path where they can get a degree so that when they get out of high school they can enter the workforce with that degree and look for a job. job,” Burroughs said. “The main reason for having a career technology advisor is to make sure these students are ready for college or the job market.”When Sanders-Fortier began her first term as Alabama State Senator, she invited the entire District 23 community to advise her and help rebuild rural communities. The invitation has been extended to all citizens and residents of the neighborhood.
These assistant senators helped Sanders-Fortier create a grants process, spread the word in District 23, and review grant applications after learning about the state’s budget process.
Marla Moore is one such deputy senator. “Young people who have just gone through a pandemic have experienced technology and innovation in a way unlike any other generation,” Moore said. “Our hope is that these educational mini-grants will inspire more innovation. Innovation and technology are making educational experiences more accessible, and we want to support these efforts. »Grants like these provide additional resources and provide students with opportunities they may not otherwise have had. According to Burroughs, another grant application recently submitted by the Board of Education is through an initiative called Amazon Bootup. This grant, from Amazon, will provide a computer science curriculum in elementary schools and provide professional development for teachers.