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WCS Awarded $10,000 Innovative Education Fund Grant


The Innovation Fund Foundation is pleased to announce the grant awardees for the 2020 Innovative Education Fund Grant Program. The grant opportunity application period opened to public schools, school districts and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in Nov. 2020. Thirty-six grant applications were submitted with innovative project designs designed to engage students in an inventive way demonstrating the potential for lasting impact on the academic environment.

The grant applications were peer reviewed by a board of individuals representing the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement and the Georgia Department of Education. The Innovative Fund Foundation’s board of directors reviewed the final rubric of scores and chose six applicants from six Georgia school districts to receive grant awards of between $2,500 and $10,000 each: Fulton County Schools, Early County Schools, Pelham City Schools, Richmond County Schools, DeKalb CSD, Whitfield County Schools.

Whitfield County Schools, $10,000.00
Priority Points: Schools/School Districts Identified as Minority Majority

To date, Whitfield County Schools (WCS) has provided a range of innovative out-of-school programs to meet the educational needs of its students and families, but challenges persist in combating the educational summer slide. The district’s Summer Power Lunches provide free reading materials to students and their families but are targeted to students from birth through fifth grade. WCS will use the Innovative Education Fund grant to expand the program to approximately 100 middle and high school students. The Summer Power Lunches will incorporate the Summer Silent Book Clubs, which are currently aimed at middle and high school grades, to ultimately increase student engagement and combat summer slide in reading and comprehension. The district will use grant funds to purchase books for distribution, flexible seating to create an inviting space in the libraries, and incentives for participation in the book clubs.

For more information, please visit the Governor's Office of Student Achievement's website at