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Richland Two receives $1.5 million grant from Department of Defense Education Activity Partnership G


A five-year $1,500,000 grant from the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Partnership Grant Program will allow Richland School District Two to improve student learning and engagement through research based instructional practices and effective implementation of technological tools.
“Every Child, Every Chance, Every Day” will increase support for K–5 military/federal affiliated student achievement in mathematics and expand social-emotional supports such as mentoring and advocating for students.   
The grant includes six elementary schools: Bookman Road, Bridge Creek, Catawba Trail, Lake Carolina Upper Campus, Rice Creek and Sandlapper elementary schools. The school district serves students whose parents are assigned to Fort Jackson where Dr. K. McCoy-Wilson is the School Liaison Officer.
“These monies will support six elementary schools and provide hands-on materials and digital tools to increase student engagement in the classroom,” said Dr. Arlene Bakutes, Director of Grant Initiatives. “While the grant targets increasing military student achievement, all students in Richland School District Two will benefit. We are honored to have been chosen for this grant opportunity.”
"In Richland Two, we are about the business of preparing students for success after high school in college, the work-force and military. To do that, we have a focus not only on academics but also on critical interpersonal and soft-skills,” said Richland Two Superintendent Debbie Hamm. “These funds will allow us to continue that pattern and zero in on our many military-connected students.”         
This is the fourth grant the district has received from the DoDEA Partnership Grant Program. The first three-year $1.9 million grant was received in 2011 and focused on increased reading achievement. Then, in 2012 and 2015, two three-year grants totaling $2.1 million impacting K–12 were received. While high populations of military-connected students made schools eligible to apply for the grant, the grant funds support school-wide initiatives for all students and their families.
For more information, please contact mmoore@richland2.org or iabdussaboor@richland2.org.