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As parents, we all know that our schools are underfunded. What would your child’s school do with an extra $5,000 – $25,000? I know there are some amazing things that my children’s schools would do with that (and I’d love to see them have the opportunity). ScholarShare and State Treasurer John Chiang just announced the Scholar Dollars grant program and it provide your local schools with an amazing opportunity!
The new Scholar Dollars program is working to support k-8 public and charter schools in California. The program is administered by ScholarShare, California’s 529 college savings plan, and will award 20 grants of up to $25,000 each to eligible CA schools. Schools that receive the grand are able to use the money to purchase new musical instruments, computers, library books, sporting equipment, or support enrichment programs.
I can’t think of a single school that couldn’t make good use of that!
The registration period for the program is going on now through Feb. 22, 2017 so if you want your school to benefit from the Scholar Dollars program, the time to act is now.
There are 20 grants available (with categories for schools of various sizes) of up to $25,000, so there’s a great opportunity for your school to get the funds it needs.
Find out more about the Scholar Dollars program in the video below:
What can you do?
To apply for the grants, your school’s administrators need to register and apply. Many schools may not be aware of this program since it is so new. Give your child’s school a call and make sure your school administrators know about the program (and all the great ways it can benefit the students at the school). Encourage your administrators to apply for the grants. You’ll need to hurry since the application period ends on Feb. 22nd!
There will be a voting period from March 1-24, 2017. That’s a great opportunity to mobilize the PTA, your community, family and friends to vote to support your child’s school.
All registered schools will appear on an online ballot, along with details about how they plan to use the funds if they are selected. Top vote getters in each category (according to school size) will receive an award, to be announced in early April.
Go here to learn more information about the Scholar Dollars program and find out what you can do to encourage your school’s administrators to apply.
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