Virginia Rural Elementary Schools Receive Leonore Annenberg School Fund for Children Grants

Last Updated: May 22, 2015

The Leonore Annenberg School Fund's 2015 grants provide resources such as interactive whiteboards and playground equipment; programs to increase proficiency in math and science; and an initiative using the arts to improve reading skills. The schools are chosen in consultation Rural School and Community Trust. Including the current group, the Leonore Annenberg School Fund has awarded more than $5.9 million over the last eight years to public elementary schools that are in financial need and serve a high concentration of children from families living in poverty.

"For several years, as a very grateful partner with the Leonore Annenberg School Fund for Children, the Rural School and Community Trust recommends deserving, high-need rural schools for these grants," said Doris Terry Williams, Executive Director, Rural School and Community Trust. "Few programs are as intentional and generous in providing support for rural students and schools."

The rural schools receiving 2015 grants are:

Central Sussex Elementary School, Sussex, VA: A playground. An outdoor playground that would provide students with a safe space for structured and free play has long been on the wish list of Central Sussex, located in rural, south-central Virginia. The playground is seen as part of a broad fitness and healthy living agenda with outreach to families. More information about Central Sussex Elementary School may be found here: Sussex Central Elementary

Totaro Elementary School, Lawrenceville, VA: Classroom sets of Kindle Fire and Dell Pro tablets. Rural Brunswick County has little Internet access except through dial-up service. Kindle Fire tablets will let students download books and other applications for school or home; Dell Pro tablets are for in-school use. More information about Totaro Elementary School may be found here: Totaro Elementary School

To read the Rural Trust Press Release, please click here: 2015 Annenberg School Fund Press Release

For more information about these and other grants, please visit: Leonore Annenberg Scholarships