ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An $11 million federal grant will help middle schoolers in Dougherty County over the course of the next seven years.
This new initiative called GEAR UP will help all rising sixth and seventh grade students enrolled at middle schools.
On Wednesday school board members approved a memorandum of understanding with the Boys & Girls Club to be involved in the program.
They've hired a program director and site coordinator.
It's not just a federal grant through the U.S. Department of Education, but there's a match involved from partner organizations.
Some of the programs offered will be relatively comprehensive at school and after school.
Those include United Way offering financial literacy, Boys & Girls Club will be helping with after school tutoring and homework assistance, college tours and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) camp.
Three internships will also be available through Albany Civil Rights Museum and museum tours.
“It’s a tremendous opportunity for our students. It’s to help students prepare for post-secondary options after they graduate high school and so it entails a lot of academic enrichment,” said Superintendent Kenneth Dyer.
The program will begin in the upcoming school year and follow these students for the next seven years throughout their educational careers.
Overall the goal is to help students achieve the highest level of education they possibly can.