APS Receives $16.4M Grant To Encourage STEM Education

Atlanta Public Schools recieved a grant from The Westside Future Fund.
Atlanta Public Schools recieved a grant from The Westside Future Fund.
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Atlanta Public Schools accepted a $16.4 million grant today to encourage “STEM” education on the city’s Westside through the Westside Future Fund.

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The target neighborhoods are English Avenue, Vine City, Ashview Heights and Atlanta University Center.

The Westside Future Fund is a nonprofit organization with the mission of helping the quality of life in Atlanta’s historic Westside neighborhoods.

Hollis Innovation Academy is one of the schools that will benefit from this grant.

This STEM-based, K-8 school opened just last year as the pilot school.

Dr. Diamond Jack, the principal of Hollis, said the school “will be able to lower our classroom ratio to offer more targeted interventions and support within the classroom.”

The Coca-Cola Company and SunTrust Bank each announced $1 million gifts today to the Westside Future Fund to support these efforts.

“A very important part of the Atlanta community is the Westside and we are committed to the revitalization of the Westside Community,” said Allison Dukes, head of commercial and business banking and chair of Atlanta; SunTrust Bank.

Westside Future Fund Executive Director John Ahmann and APS Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen signed the agreement of the grant Thursday at Hollis Innovation Academy.

A note of disclosure: WABE’s broadcast license is held by the Atlanta Board of Education.

CORRECTION: The name of Hollis Innovation Academy’s principal is Dr. Diamond Jack. 

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