Four Biloxi schools to receive $1M grant for STEM, military support

Four Biloxi schools to receive $1M grant for STEM, military support

BILOXI, MS (AP) - Four schools in Biloxi will be the recipients of a $1 million grant to enhance STEM programs and provide more transitional support to military families.

The project is titled Operation IMPACT — an acronym for Improving Mathematical Practices and Access to Counseling and Technology — and is being provided through a five-year partnership with the Department of Defense Education Activity.

The grant will focus on implementing more programs to increase student awareness of careers in STEM, or Science Technology Engineering Mathematics, programs. Attention will also be given to increasing the levels of social and emotional support for students from military families.

"Operation IMPACT will support the professional development of STEM programs and increase the effectiveness of educators in the classroom," stated Janice Johnson, assistant superintendent of Biloxi School District. "All students in the four target schools will benefit. We look forward to the additional opportunities this grant will provide across the district."

The four schools included in the grant include Jeff Davis Elementary, Popp's Ferry Elementary, North Bay Elementary, and Biloxi Junior High.

Biloxi is the only district in the state to receive this award this year.

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