Claysburg foundation announces grants

CLAYSBURG – The Claysburg Education Foundation recently announced various grants to aid and assist programs in the Claysburg-Kimmel School District.

The Claysburg Education Foundation received a grant from Saint Francis University in Loretto for students to study and then compete, focusing on streams and estuaries. This project is for grades 5 and 6 at Claysburg-Kimmel Elementary School. The actual grant covered supplies for the project, substitute teachers if needed during the competition and transportation to the competition.

Additionally, the foundation is underwriting the wages of the two instructors for weekly sessions for the actual classroom project.

The competition on this project with other schools will be held Dec. 18 at Saint Francis University.

Claysburg-Kimmel Elementary School also started a STEM program for grades 5 and 6. The school district cover the cost of two instructors for this project. The foundation will cover the cost of a third teacher if a need arises, depending on the number of students involved.

At the request of a parents’ group in conjunction with the school district, the foundation will cover the cost of additional tutoring for students at both the elementary and high school. This tutoring would take place before and after school.

The foundation approved $4,875 for the elementary school and $4,875 for the high school to cover the costs of teachers’ wages for tutoring, for a total grant of $9,750. This is based on a 25-week process of tutoring, targeted to begin in early December.

The foundation also approved a $1,500 grant to the Claysburg Backpack Program to assist in the cost of food for students at the elementary school and also as part of a new program for grades 7 and 8.

Additionally, proceeds from the 5K Derby Dash Race and Wellness Walk, scheduled for May 5, will be donated to the Claysburg-Kimmel Backpack program.