Patriots Assisting Transitioning Students (PATS) | Awarded $25,000
This year MSD was awarded a $25,000 McKinney-Vento grant to help district identified students to purchase items that meet the M-V guidelines that assist students in their MSD school experience. MSD is trying to make a difference. The PATS Program, with the assistance of the McKinney-Vento (M-V) Homeless Assistance Act, is helping children and families with enrollment, transportation, and school meals. We can also assist children and families with clothing, school supplies, and connect them to resources in the community. Each year, MSD identifies hundreds of students, who under the M-V Act, meet the guidelines for homeless.
Police Protecting Patriots | Awarded $30,000
MSD and the Marion Police Department have partnered together for the Arkansas Joint Use Agreement (JUA) Grant. These funds help schools adopt and implement joint use policy which allows schools to form community partnerships to maximize resources while increasing opportunities for physical activity. Funds are available each fiscal year based on Tobacco Excise Tax appropriations or until funds are expended. MSD will use the funds to help fund the resurfacing of the track at Patriot Stadium. MSD encourages physical fitness and the use of the track. Once it's been resurfaced, the MPD will patrol the area around Patriot Stadium to ensure the safety of those engaging in physical fitness activities.
MST Magnet Patriots Producing Produce | Awarded $25,000
$25,000 grant through America's Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by Bayer Fund. Growing the next generation is very important to farmers, and they realize that MSD is an integral part of that process. To show their appreciation, farmers in the MSD area nominated MST magnet to receive this grant. After the application was reviewed by STEM teachers, the America's Farmers Grow Rural Education Farmer Advisory Council, and a group of 27 prominent farmers from across the country. The Advisory Council was impressed with MST's dedication to it's students and it's innovative ideas for improving the student educational experiences. MST will use the funds for supplies in their new greenhouse.
MSD Staying Alive | Awarded $20,000
MSD received a $20,000 donation from Crittenden Regional Hospital Foundation Board to purchase 5 automated external defibrillators and 12 public access bleeding control stations that contain 8 bleeding kits per station. The new defibrillators will be located at the indoor baseball facility, the "hot box" gym at MHS, 7th grade main lobby, MST gymnasium, and a portable AED for our athletic trainer to carry. The 12 bleeding control stations will allow 2 stations to be placed on each campus of our district.
VPA magnet - Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program | Awarded $39, 435
The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), Child Nutrition Unit (CNU) approved the application and funding submitted for VPA magnet for the USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) Grant for the 2019-2020 school year.
The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) provides all children in participating schools with a variety of free fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the school day. It is an effective and creative way of introducing fresh fruits and vegetables as healthy snack options. The FFVP also encourages schools to develop partnerships at the State and local level for support in implementing and operating the program.
Jobs for Arkansas Graduates (JAG) at MHS | Awarded $25,000
The new JAG program at MHS was awarded $25,000 grant from Entergy Arkansas, Inc. JAG is an affiliate of Jobs for America’s Graduates, Inc., which is a national school-to-work program that focuses on project-based learning and includes Governor Hutchinson among the Board of Directors.
JAG has 125 programs in Arkansas school districts and ranks second in the nation for scholarships received by JAG students (over $10 million was received across programs last year). With personalized skills development facilitated by JAG instructors, and interaction with local businesses and various career options through internships and service learning projects, JAG students receive a non-traditional approach to becoming career ready. The MHS JAG program equips at-risk youth with the skills needed to transition successfully to careers or college, addressing critical workforce needs, closing skills gaps and creating a competitive advantage for local communities.
Patriot Nurses Prepare for Disaster | Awarded $1,000
This is a mini-grant from Blue & You Foundation, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. The purpose of this grant is to purchase Stop the Bleed Kits for all 6 of our MSD campuses.
Patriots Promote Smiles | Awarded $2,500
MSD received at $2500 grant from Delta Dental to help provide our transitioning students with dental supplies. PATS and Delta Dental want to ensure students are provided supplies to practice good oral hygiene. We want our kids to keep smiling year round.
Arkansas First Tech Challenge Rookie Grant | Awarded $1225
The Marion High School Robotics team received the Arkansas First Tech Challenge Rookie Grant for the 2019-20 Sky Stone season. This grant will cover the items they need to compete this season in Arkansas. The grant will cover team registration to Arkansas ($300), an FTC Tetrix competition set ($532), Control & Communications Set#2 ($249), & a Rev Hub ($129). This Arkansas grant award is valued $1225.
This grant was made possible by the DEKA Foundation, one of the leading research and development companies in the country and is the birthplace of some of the most innovative and life-changing products of our time. In 1989 DEKA founded FIRST to build the next generation’s workforce. Founder of DEKA, Dean Kamen says "FIRST is more than robots. The robots are a vehicle for students to learn important life skills. Kids often come in not knowing what to expect—of the program, nor of themselves. They leave, even after the first season, with a vision, with confidence, and with a sense that they can create their own future."
Red Ribbon Go College Week | Awarded $500
Marion Junior High 7th Grade was awarded $500 by the Arkansas Greyhound Kennel Association for Red Ribbon Week. The students in the 7th grade will work on displays to create a gallery walk in the halls of the 7th grade building. Students will research Arkansas colleges and trade schools in order to help the 7th grade student body begin thinking about what post secondary school experience would work for them. The funds awarded will help with supplies and research.