Leonore Annenberg School Fund Grants Awarded


Last Updated: May 30, 2011
 

This article appeared in the May 2011 Rural Policy Matters.

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The Rural School and Community Trust in partnership with the Leonore Annenberg School Fund for Children has awarded grants to Dermott Elementary School in Dermott, Arkansas and St. Helena Elementary School in Greenburg (St. Helena Parish), Louisiana.

The grant program is designed to provide resources “of immediate and direct value to” children in select elementary schools. To be eligible for the grant, schools must have stable leadership, high need, and a vision of how a resource such as the School Fund could make a difference for all the children in the school.

“We are very pleased to work with Dermott and St. Helena schools,” said Doris Terry Williams, Executive Director of the Rural Trust Leadership Council. “These grants are intended to make a lasting difference in the lives of children. These two schools have exhibited the vision and commitment to work with limited resources to improve the education and well-being of their students.”

Dermott, in Chicot County, will use the grant funds for a mobile computer lab, science lab equipment, library books, and literacy materials.

St. Helena Elementary School (K–4), in St. Helena Parish, will use the funding to provide Smart Boards in all of its classrooms.

In both schools, funds will also be used to purchase library books and to support a place-based learning institute and follow-up by the Rural Trust.

The Leonore Annenberg School Fund grants are specifically targeted to urban and rural elementary schools in which at least 90% of children receive free or reduced-price school lunches. The Fund partners with the Rural Trust to identify rural schools that meet its criteria.

The Rural Trust selects schools among the “Rural 900,” the 10% of rural and remote small town school districts with the highest poverty rates. Together these districts enroll almost 1.3 million students and have an average student poverty rate higher than that of high-poverty urban districts, including Philadelphia, Chicago and Baltimore.

The Rural Trust invites four to five schools to apply to the Fund and works with two or three of the applicants to develop their ideas and a proposal. The Rural Trust visits the school to make sure teachers and school leaders are aware of award guidelines and implementation.

Awards are presented annually.

About the Leonore Annenberg School Fund for Children
The Leonore Annenberg School Fund for Children is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. By request, partner organizations nominate public elementary schools serving children with great need. The Fund provides educational resources of immediate and direct value to the children. Visit www.leonoreannenbergscholarships.org for more information.

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