Virginia Beach school nabs $106,573 grant for science, math learning

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(Courtesy VBCPS)
(Courtesy VBCPS)

A Virginia Beach elementary school has received a $106,573 grant to boost student achievement in math and science.

Lynnhaven Elementary School received the award from the Virginia Department of Education as part of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, the Virginia Beach City Public Schools said Tuesday in a release. The program promotes cooperation among schools, community organizations, businesses, youth development agencies and arts organizations to provide resources to schools and families in low-income communities. It targets student achievement in literacy, math, and science through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math).

Lynnhaven has paired with three “grant partners,” each of whom will play a role at the school, the release said. Staff from the Windsor Woods Area Library will support workshops and training for parents at Lynnhaven. Students from Norfolk State University will serve as tutors and help teachers plan STEAM activities. Members of CVB Links Inc. will act as tutors and mentors to students.

“The support this grant provides to allow Lynnhaven Elementary and our community partners to enrich and extend learning experiences for our students is invaluable,” Dr. Aaron Spence, superintendent of Virginia Beach City Public Schools, said in the release.

According to Lynnhaven’s annual report card for 2015 to 2016, 66 percent of the school’s students are economically disadvantaged.

Lynnhaven ranked as one of 33 Virginia schools and agencies selected for the grant, which will start during the coming academic year, from 2016 to 2017, the release said. The grant comes with the possibility of a yearly continuation for three years, meaning Lynnhaven could receive as much as $319,700, according to the release.

For more information on the grant, go to VDOE’s website.

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Joan Quigley is a former Miami Herald business reporter, a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and an attorney. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, TIME.com, nationalgeographic.com and Talking Points Memo. Joan Quigley is a former Miami Herald business reporter, a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and an attorney. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, TIME.com, nationalgeographic.com and Talking Points Memo. Her recent book, Just Another Southern Town: Mary Church Terrell and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Nation’s Capital, was shortlisted for the 2017 Mark Lynton History Prize. Her first book, The Day the Earth Caved In: An American Mining Tragedy, won the 2005 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award.