Seeming both elated and proud, Meridian School superintendent Sylvia Autry announced Wednesday that the school district would receive a $212,000 grant for student services.
"It's going to provide a multitude of services to children at West End Elementary, Harris Upper Elementary, Carver Middle School and Kate Griffin Junior High School," said Autry.
It’s called the 21st Century Community Learning Grant. It will afford the district the opportunity to work jointly with the Boys and Girls Club, the United Way, the Meridian Housing Authority and Multi-County Community Service Agency.
Students will be provided with before and after school programs such as tutoring, performing and visual arts courses, along with other services aimed at enhancing the students' learning experiences.
"We will be doing a lot with the early morning programs and not only the tutoring, but getting them on the computers and with technology. We are real excited about getting started," said Owida Roberts, principal at West End Elementary.
This partnership will not only help students but the parents as well. The Meridian Housing Authority will sponsor a program to help parents receive their general education diplomas.
"A lot of the support from housing authority and from Multi-County will have classes for parents on presenting, job skills and GEDs, things like that," said Judy Crownson.
"When community organizations and schools districts partner up for students, it doesn't get much better than that," said Autry.
Especially now, due to budget constraints, the district has no money for extended days, extra student services or parent resources. This grant will change that and hopefully change lives.