VBCPS - Charting the Course
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Dr. Heather Allen
Date: 09/26/16 Phone: 757.263.1797
News Release No. 013 Fax: 757.263.1010
Email: heather.allen@vbschools.com

VBCPS awarded $1.5 million DoDEA grant
for Project G.R.I.T.

Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) was awarded a $1.5 million grant by the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Educational Partnership through Military-Connected Academic and Support Programs (MCASP). The five-year grants were awarded to 48 military-connected public school districts to strengthen family-school-community relationships and enhance student achievement for military-connected students.

The grant funding will support Project G.R.I.T. (Global Resilient Independent Thinkers), designed by VBCPS to support the division’s military-connected students through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiatives and socio-emotional endeavors. STEM initiatives will involve collaboration with the STEM Education Alliance at William and Mary to provide educational and career-support STEM activities to students as well as professional development for teachers. Professional learning also will be provided to staff to support the socio-emotional needs of military-connected students and their families.

“With nearly one-third of our student population connected to the military, we recognize their unique needs as learners and the challenges placed upon their families with frequent deployments and relocations,” said VBCPS Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence. “We are committed to providing additional resources and programs to support their academic and socio-emotional needs and appreciate the DoDEA’s support of our work.”

Project G.R.I.T. will include participation from seven VBCPS schools: Centerville Elementary School, Kempsville Meadows Elementary School, Shelton Park Elementary School, White Oaks Elementary School, Kempsville Middle School, Lynnhaven Middle School and Bayside High School. Schools were selected by the VBCPS Office of Student Support Services based on the percentage of military-connected students enrolled as well as a need for enrichment activities in the grant’s focus areas.

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