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Grand Forks Public Schools Receives Department of Defense Grant

News Release                                                  

For Immediate Release                                                               

October 2, 2020

Grand Forks Public Schools Receives Department of Defense Grant

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Grand Forks Public Schools has received a $500,000 Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) grant for use at Nathan Twining Elementary and Middle School.

DoDEA supports research-based programs that aim to increase student achievement and ease the challenges that military children face due to their parent/guardian military service. The grant program will provide the school with the college and career-ready resources necessary to successfully expand Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programming.

“We are very fortunate to be a recipient of the DoDEA grant. This grant will allow our school to be more innovative and creative in the implementation of STEM activities and technology integration,” said Shari Bilden, principal at Nathan Twining Elementary and Middle School. “We will be looking to partner with different entities to support the goals of the grant. This is a very exciting time for our school.” 

The DoDEA awarded $22 million across 21 grants as part of its 2020 cohort.

The grant was written by Taunya Schleicher, grant writer at Grand Forks Public Schools, Elizabeth Berger, instructional design coach at Nathan Twining Elementary and Middle School, and Bilden.

Since 2008, DoDEA has awarded nearly $200 million in grants to over 180 military-connected school systems. These three-year projects impact nearly 280,000 military-connected students and more than 670,000 students overall in 900 schools.

The DoDEA is a field activity of the Office of the Secretary of Defense. DoDEA's mission is to plan, direct, coordinate, and manage the education programs for eligible dependents of U.S. military and civilian personnel of the Department of Defense. The DoDEA has congressional authority to provide resources to public schools to support the continuity of education for military-connected students through a competitive grant program.