FNSB School District accepts $1 million grant from Department of Defense

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District recently accepted a $1 million dollar grant from the Department of Defense Educational Activities to increase support for students of military families.
The funds from this grant will be used to expand science, technology, engineering and math learning - also known as STEM - at Arctic Light Elementary, Ladd Elementary, and Tanana Middle School.
According to a press release from the district, there are three other DoDEA grants that are currently being managed by the FNSB School District and described each grant, listed below:
The Step Up To STEM Grant, which was most recently accepted on November 6th, will develop innovative STEM learning models for students over the next five years.
The DIPLOMAS Grant stands for Developing Innovative Personalized Learning Opportunities Maximizing the Achievement of Students. Aiming to improve attendance rates and prepare military-connected students for college and career, the goal of DIPLOMAS is to help students before and after a traditional school day. DIPLOMAS is implemented at Ben Eielson Junior and Senior High, Lathrop High, North Pole High and Middle, and Tanana Middle schools.
The Project360 Grant provides social and emotional support for military- connected students at Anderson Elementary, Ben Eielson Junior and Senior High, Crawford Elementary, Midnight Sun Elementary, North Pole Elementary, Middle, and High Schools, Ticasuk Brown Elementary, and Fairbanks BEST homeschool.
And the Basic Training 1:1 Grant provides digital learning tools, including iPads and other technology, during school hours for students enrolled at Anderson Elementary, Arctic Light Elementary, Crawford Elementary, Ladd Elementary, and Midnight Sun Elementary.
The new Step Up To STEM award will increase the total number of concurrent projects to four and the total amount of funding to $5 million dollars.
Assistant Director of Grants and Partnerships with the district, Sheena Cummings, explained what students can expect with this new STEM grant.
“The school communities at Arctic Light, Lad and Tanana Middle School will benefit from science technology, engineering, science and math learning through STEM clubs, STEM summer academies, STEM field trips, STEM guest speakers and maker spaces in their schools so we're very excited that this funding is going to enable those learning opportunities,” she said.
According to the press release, DoDEA has awarded $29 million dollars across 36 grants in 2018 alone. These grants will serve more than 166,000 students across 20 states, 66,000 of whom are military-connected.