A couple of area schools are included on the state Department of Education’s list of first round recipients of Civics and History Initiative pilot grants.
Madison Central Middle and High School, as well as Dell Rapids High School, are some of the six schools receiving project funding in the first round. Madison Central will receive a grant of just more than 18-thousand dollars to purchase materials for and implement the We the People program, along with professional development for K-thru-12 teachers. Dell Rapids High School will receive a grant of close to 11-thousand-500-dollars also to purchase materials for the We the People program and also for professional development for K-thru-12 teachers.
Other schools receiving state Civics and History Initiative pilot grants are Chamberlain High School, McIntosh Middle School, Vermillion High School, and Mitchell elementary and middle schools.
South Dakota public schools can now apply for the second round of the pilot grant program. A total of 125-thousand dollars in grant funding is available for schools to pilot programs that focus on strengthening civics/government and history education. The next round of grant applications are due September 15th, with grantees notified in early October.