The Indian River and Seaford School Districts are receiving state grants to fund their projects aimed at expanding family and community engagement.
The districts submitted their proposals in a competitive grant program through Delaware’s Race to the Top education improvement plan that received tens of millions of federal dollars. Indian River gets $37,705 for its educational series, “Student Success STEMS from Parental Support.” It seeks to increase the role parents plan in supporting student achievement and give them a hands-on part in exploring and supporting the district’s new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) initiative. Seaford’s grant totals $47, 476 toward an evening Homework Center that opened in September at West Seaford Elementary School. It will be staffed by teachers who offer assistance with assignments as well as access to computers Mondays through Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. “Both districts will use this money to bring resources to families and community members to support their children’s academic success,” Delaware Secretary of Education Lillian Lowery said. “They want to be involved but too often don’t have the information or access to do so. As educators, we must continually look for new and innovative ways to better bridge that gap. We know this is best at the local level. These programs offer ideas that, once proven successful, could be duplicated by other districts and charter schools in the state.”