Nisswa Elementary School and Independent School District 4 in McGregor have been awarded 21st Century Community Learning Center grants by the U.S. Department of Education.
Congressman Jim Oberstar announced the grant awards Friday.
Nisswa Elementary School will receive $98,722 for its "Building Bridges for our Future Program." The program will serve 350 students and 1,600 community members in an extended day, weekend and summer program.
"The program will expand learning by carrying out literacy education and extended library programs, technology opportunities and community activities such as day care and integrated programs," Oberstar said in a news release.
In McGregor, ISD 4 was awarded $124,600 for its "Beyond the Classroom Program" that serves 560 students from prekindergarten through 12th grade and 975 community members in one rural school district.
"The program will provide drug, alcohol and violence prevention, tutorial and homework help, remedial academic help, activities to develop study skills, enrichment and life skills activities and opportunities, technology classes and community get-togethers," Oberstar said.
The Education Department received more than 2,000 applications for the grants. The program was established by Congress to award grants to rural and inner-city public schools, or consortia of such schools to enable them to plan, implement, or expand projects that benefit the educational, health, social services, cultural and recreational needs of the community.
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