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Grand Forks Public Schools Receives Department of Defense Grant

News Release                                                              

For Immediate Release

October 19, 2022

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's/guardian's military service.

The grant will provide funds for Project F.I.T. (Fitness Integration at Twining), to Learn, which is designed to support academic achievement for all students at the school. Project F.I.T. to Learn will establish highly-effective tired support systems with research-based purposeful movement instruction. The project will enhance student achievement through movement-oriented instruction, designed to meet individual learning needs.

Project F.I.T. to Learn cultivates mind-body wellness for teachers, students, and families through the development of a teacher collaborative teacher space and FITness lab that encourages and engages movement with “video game” qualities for all and implements movement-oriented lessons into all tiers of instruction.

The grant was written by Taunya Schleicher, fund development and grants coordinator, Elizabeth Berger, instructional design coach, and teachers Tiffany DahlquistGary Suchor, and Jennifer Varriano.

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.