PWCS Awarded Grants to Enhance Opportunities for Students
Prince William County Public Schools has received educational grants from a variety of sources to enhance opportunities for students and to provide teachers professional development in instructional strategies.
- $47,700 from the Virginia Department of Education to expand implementation of positive behavioral interventions at 45 schools —an increase of 18 schools in one year — which will potentially impact 4,500 students and 900 staff members. This program provides feedback on positive student behavior; reduces disciplinary incidents; and promotes a climate of greater productivity, safety, and learning.
- $5,000 from the Chesapeake Bay Trust for an environmental education program for 6,300 sixth-grade students from 20 middle schools.
- $67,500 federal grant for English Literacy and Civics Education awarded to the School Division’s Adult Education Office. This program supports projects that provide adults of limited English proficiency with access to English literacy programs linked to civics education to help them become full participants in American life. Services include citizenship preparation, facilitating the transition to Adult Basic Education, and serving areas with significant unmet demand. This includes citizenship classes, classes with free access (50 dedicated tuition free spaces this year) for PWCS employees, a tuition-free class specifically designed for residents of Prince William County who qualify for "free clinic" status.
- Fred M. Lynn Middle School - $1,280 from the Virginia Department of Education to implement the “TenMarks Math Premium Program” to provide remediation of identified sixth and seventh grade students. Math Coach Penny Parker wrote the grant proposal.
- Stonewall Middle School - $1,000 mini-grant from the Virginia Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School Program to purchase step pedometers for use by students and staff in the morning walking club and in physical education classes to record data on length of moderate vigorous physical activity and distance traveled. The school aims to increase staff and student daily activity level in support of the School Division’s Wellness Plan. Carey Harris, Healthy and Physical Education Teacher and department chair, submitted the grant proposal.
- Triangle Elementary School - $2,500 grant from ING’s program to combat childhood obesity for Triangle’s running club which is led by Health and Physical Education Teacher Marjorie Lathers. Lathers incorporates lessons on self-esteem, respect, the value of physical activity, and the importance of lifelong health in running club activities. Lathers submitted the grant proposal to ING.