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Columbus school receive $415K in DoD STEM grant

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Based on the number of military Family children attending Muscogee County public schools, schools here received $414,925 to strengthen their Advanced Placement programs during a grant award ceremony at the Muscogee Public Education Center Nov. 7.

At the beginning of the event, members of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps at Shaw High School posted the colors, and choir members of Northside High School performed the African-American hymn “Peace Like a River.” Both Shaw and Northside high schools were the recipients of this Department of Defense-funded grant.

The College Readiness Program for Military Families is a collaboration between the DoD and the National Math + Science Initiative. The program aims to provide “military-connected students from coast to coast with the well-trained teachers, challenging Advanced Placement coursework, and strong foundation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects that will prepare them for the rigors of college and career, whether military or civilian.”

Col. Matthew Scalia, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Benning commander, attended the event and emphasized the need to provide military students increased opportunities, especially because of the demanding nature of military family life.

Read more at Benning News.