21st Century Grant Awarded to Lamar County Schools
LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -
For the first time, the 21st century grant was awarded to the Lamar County School District to help students in the 6th – 12th grade with tutoring needs. The goal is to help students who may struggle with subject area testing. Currently up to 400 students are tutored during the day or after school. Forty five different tutors, including some hired teachers stay after school.
Stacey Pace, Assistant Superintendent says, “Right now we use our federal money or our title money to give funding to our elementary schools for tutors in their schools, when we applied for the grant we realized that because our elementary schools already get funding for tutoring we really needed funding for our middle schools and high schools because there's no extra money in those areas. And they need as much help and intervention as our elementary schools also.”
The grant also includes a partnership with the YMCA for character building. That program also provides snacks for the kids after school as well as transportation.