A new science, technology, engineering and math program is coming to Clarke County, thanks to a grant from a good neighbor.
The Clarke County Education Foundation won a $20,000 grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, which serves to support academically gifted students who experience financial hardships.
Through the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s “good neighbor grant” program, Clarke County public schools will use the funding to launch a new after school program for 4th and 5th graders.
“It’ll be hands-on, investigative activities. All STEM-based,” said Beth Williams, the Executive Director of the Clarke County Education Foundation. “We got some funding for some special field trips, so they’ll be able to do some special field trips. We’re hoping to bring in some guest speakers.”
The after-school program is slated to run for 12 weeks in the fall and again in the spring, and the funding will cover the cost of transportation for the participating students, so families won’t be burdened by transportation costs.
Williams says the program will target students who have indicated high ability through testing, but who are for a variety of reasons, low-achieving students.
The grant will also fund scholarships for an existing summer STEM camp that the County runs.