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Grand Forks Public Schools Receives Grant for McKinney-Vento Program

News Release                                                  

For Immediate Release                                                               

September 30, 2020

Grand Forks Public Schools Receives Grant for McKinney-Vento Program

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Grand Forks Public Schools has received a McKinney-Vento subgrant to support the success of students experiencing homelessness.

The McKinney–Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987 is a U.S. federal law related to the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness. The Act was reauthorized in December 2015 as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

The school system received $20,000 to provide additional academic support through after-school tutoring, credit recovery, and college preparation classes to support an increase in graduation rates and provide educational resources to students. Funds will also support students with after-school transportation needs.

A homeless student is defined as a child or youth lacking a fixed, permanent, and adequate nighttime residence. Those include:

  • Sharing the housing of others due to economic hardship,
  • Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, camp grounds,
  • Living in transitional housing or emergency shelters,
  • Living in places not designed or intended for sleeping,
  • Living in cars, parks, abandoned buildings, bus stations, etc.,
  • Unaccompanied youth living in the above situation and not in the custody of a parent or guardian.

Each year, Grand Forks Public Schools educates 120-150 students experiencing homelessness.

“This is the first time Grand Forks Public Schools has received a subgrant and I’m excited about what we can do to empower our students to reach academic and social-emotional learning goals for life,” said Jennifer Modeen, social worker and homeless liaison. “Grand Forks Public Schools is recognized as a leader in educational equity for students experiencing homelessness. This credit belongs to our employees and families who work together to break down educational barriers.”

The grant was written by Modeen and Taunya Schleicher, grant writer at Grand Forks Public Schools.