With the money, schools can bolster their educational supports to students, which, in return, gives them a better opportunity to meet academic standards and pass the Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT).
Griffin High School was allotted $4,000 for tutoring services, while Spalding High School was given $800 for its preparation for the GHSGT. Orrs Elementary received $1,200 for its mentoring program for boys.
The CHARMS after-school program took home $2,000 for its after-school and mentoring program geared toward Meriwether Homes’ lower-income and disadvantaged youth. And New Horizons, New Directions was handed $2,000 for increasing the educational performance level of disadvantaged students.
“We have improved because of the money. We are able to buy materials and work in smaller groups,” said Cheryl Walker, a teacher at Griffin High School. “We made AYP, and we can trace it right back to the money.”
Kelsey Trust Chairperson Mary Stinson said that $6,000 of the total amount given to schools derived from a fundraiser in August.
The other $4,000 stemmed from interest money from the trust, whose purpose it is to provide for the education of the needy youth of Spalding County, said Stinson.