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Public Schools in 3 States to Recieve Grants for STEAM Education

The Leonore Annenberg School Fund for Children is extending grants to ten public schools in three states. The grants will go towards STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) subjects but specifically technology, science and the arts.

“Ten public elementary schools in three states will receive grants averaging $50,000 from the Leonore Annenberg School Fund for Children, which provides underfunded schools in urban and rural areas with educational resources to make a difference in the lives of young children,” according to a recent release.

“The Leonore Annenberg School Fund's 2016 grants total nearly $500,000 for resources such as art and music programs, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) labs, computers and educational software, a mini-greenhouse, and books for classrooms and school libraries.”

The schools were chosen in consultation with regional, nonprofit partner organizations: Council for Educational Change (Florida), Center for Arts Education (New York), Public Education Foundation(Chattanooga, Tenn.), and Rural School and Community Trust (other Tennessee schools).

The Leonore Annenberg School Fund has awarded more than $6.4 million over the last nine years to public elementary schools that are both in financial strain and host students for families living in povery.

"While the term 'value added' is too often used in the absence of both context and definition, Leonore Annenberg's grants to public elementary schools are sure to make a clear case for improved teaching and learning," said Gail Levin, Ph.D., director of the program, which is administered by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.

Grants like these often give these schools the bump they need to level their playing field when it comes to having the same level of access that other districts have. For the students and educators it means a better quality of education.

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Article by Navindra Persaud, Education World Contributor.

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