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District garners Victory Initiative Grant for service connected students
Children in military families will have another academic and social safety net thanks to a federal grant. Richland School District Two will receive $1 million over the next five years to increase student achievement in math in grades preK-5 and increase support for military dependent youth’s social-emotional well-being. The funds will impact approximately 900 military connected students at Lake Carolina Elementary Lower Campus and Langford Elementary School. Ten percent of the district’s more than 27,000 students are military connected, with either a parent/guardian serving actively in the armed forces or working for the military. Since 2011, Richland Two has received $4.2 million from the Department of Defense Education Activity to fund the “Victory Initiative” at 18 schools.
Richland Two Superintendent Dr. Debbie Hamm says resources from this initiative will help students build stronger foundations in math and reading while giving them access to advanced technological devices.
“Fort Jackson’s motto is ‘Victory Starts Here.’ We want our military dependents to experience educational victory,” said Hamm. “These students in particular move often and are subjected to various changes. This support system is needed to maximize their success.”
Richland Two is bordered by schools in Fairfield County, Kershaw County and Richland School District One. The district serves Fort Jackson, the nation’s largest military training facility. Annually, Richland Two teachers and administrators participate in “A Day in the Life of a Drill Sergeant” and experience what a typical day is like for parents who are Drill Sergeants.
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