DoDEA supports research-based programs that aim to increase student achievement and ease the challenges that military children face due their parents military service. The grant program provides resources to military-connected local educational agencies (LEAs) to develop and implement projects that are designed to:
Since 2008, DoDEA has awarded nearly $200 million in grants to over 150 military-connected school districts. These three year projects impact nearly 280,000 military-connected students and more than 670,000 students overall in 900 schools.
In Richland School District Two, Anna Boyd School, Bridge Creek Elementary, Kelly Mill Middle School, Lake Carolina Elementary, Longleaf Middle School, Rice Creek Elementary, Ridge View High School, and Sandlapper Elementary are participating. This funding provides additional services for approximately 6,425 students, staff, and family members. The implementation began on Aug. 1, 2011 and will conclude on July 31, 2014.
Richland School District Two is implementing a comprehensive proposal that includes two major goals with various accompanying strategies:
1. Increase PK-12 student academic achievement in English/language arts
2. Increase support to military dependent students and their families