The Georgia Department of Education is awarding $899,420 in Opportunity Grants to help school districts expand options and opportunities for their students. The funds will support opportunities in world languages, fine arts, physical education, summer learning, and Advanced Placement and accelerated learning. The Opportunity Grants are made possible through federal stimulus funds under the American Rescue Plan (ARP – ESSER).
Barrow County Schools were awarded four Opportunity Grants, for a total of $10,762.
Westside Middle School received two grants. They were awarded a $3,000 HPE Grant. The Health and Physical Education Equipment (HPE) grant provides for the acquisition of equipment needed to support health and physical education instruction. WMS also received the $2,782 FACE Grant. Fine Arts Consumables and Equipment (FACE) grants will allow fine arts teachers to implement sustainable fine arts education instruction initiatives to increase access to quality fine arts education.
Holsenbeck Elementary School also received $3,000 FACE Grant, which allow fine arts teachers to implement sustainable fine arts education instruction initiatives.
Apalachee High School received the $1,980 CCI Grant. The Cross-Curriculum Innovation (CCI) grant supports innovative connections between world language and other areas of the curriculum.
State Superintendent Woods said, “Education is more than just the core content areas, and this funding will ensure students have access to opportunities that prepare them for life and keep them engaged in school."