The US Department of Defense Education Activity has awarded a grant of $ 750,000 to schools in Hardin County.
The purpose of the grant is to provide the college and professional resources necessary for the expansion of STEM programs. HCS staff members gathered for dinner at the Early College and Career Center where the grant was announced.
The grant money will be distributed among four schools to provide training and materials for a problem-based learning initiative at Meadow View Elementary School, Woodland Elementary School, North Middle School and the James T. Alton Middle School. Those in the district who are interested in the funds can apply.
Superintendent Teresa Morgan said part of the grant requires some military presence in the district.
“Fort Knox being a very close base… involved here is really important not only to our community, but to our schools,” Morgan said.
With the grant, the district is partnering with Discovery Education, which provides various STEM-related educational resources to schools. Staff members listened to and participated in keynote addresses regarding STEM education, including Dr Robert Corbin, Discovery Education Educational Consultant.
The statement said DoDEA awarded $ 22 million out of 21 grants, which will benefit more than 100,000 students in 13 states.
“The armed forces have a huge daily impact on our schools and our community. This investment from DoDEA ensures that they believe in our mission and wish to increase high quality education strategies in internationally renowned STEM fields in our district, ”Morgan said in a press release.