HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - Children from Pearl River County, who attend the DuBard School for Language Disorders at Southern Miss, will benefit from a sizeable grant the school received from a local foundation.
The Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation gave the school an $80,000 grant to help DuBard cover the cost of serving the approximate eight to 10 children who are enrolled in the school full time program.
The Department of Education pays for 60 percent of the cost to educate the students of the DuBard School, and DuBard in turn has to make up that extra 40 percent.
Director of the DuBard School for Language Disorders, Maureen Martin, said they rely on community support to help them fulfill their mission.
"In order for us to be able to provide these services, it takes a combination of public support and private support," said Martin. "And without that significant private support, many children would not receive the services that they do. So we are very excited that this will enhance our ability to serve children from Pearl River County."
Christie Brady wrote the grant request. "It will help support the services that we provide to those children," said Brady. "There is not a tuition for these children, but there is significant cost to the school to serve the children and we have to raise a certain amount of money per child to do that."
DuBard School officials said the funds will be used to help children starting in August. About 80 children attend the school's full time program.