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Charleston County School District wins $8.7 million in grants

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

Over the last 45 days, the Charleston Country School District has won a series of major federal grants that add up to nearly $9 million.

"We are thrilled that during these tough economic times when we are doing more with less, we are making progress both inside and outside the classroom.  The federal grants we were awarded are very competitive and require a lot of hard work and planning," Nancy McGinley, CCSD Superintendent said. "This infusion of resources will go a long way to support our students, educators and other school based staff."

Recent Grants Awarded

September 30, 2011 - CCSD wins GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and
Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) grant.  GEAR UP will be used to
prepare 6th and 7th grade students in seven schools for college
readiness and success. The grant will provide $4.5 million over seven
years.

September 27, 2011 - CCSD wins Professional Development for Arts
Educators (PDAE) grant. This money will be used to expand
arts-integrated instruction at four of CCSD's Title I elementary
schools. The grant will provide $1 million over three years.

September 27, 2011 - CCSD wins School Counseling Mental Health grant.
This grant will be used to expand or establish counseling services and
provide social workers in five of the district's highest-need elementary
schools. The grant will provide $1.2 million over three years.

On August 15, 2011 - CCSD awarded Advanced Placement grant. This will
be used to expand Advanced Placement courses across the district.  This
program will give more low-income students the opportunity to take
advanced courses and prepare them to succeed in college and careers. The
grant will provide $2 million over three years.


"When you compete at the national level, you must clearly show not only that you are targeting students and schools that have needs, but that you have a well thought out plan for addressing or overcoming those needs," McGinley said.  "It is also extremely important that we have used other grant funds very wisely.  Federal agencies are beginning to notice the progress we are making because of our relentless focus on improving literacy and closing the achievement gap."

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