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United Way of Central Indiana Expands Education Services

Indiana charter schools and childcare centers will now receive grant money from United Way.

The United Way of Central Indiana is giving away grants to two new types of organizations– childcare centers and charter schools.

United Way’s Student Success grants are aimed at increasing students’ learning and test scores.

About $750,000 has already been awarded to three schools in the Indianapolis area for programs during this school year.  The same amount is slated to be given away next year to schools and childcare facilities, in Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks and Morgan counties.

Jay Geshay, Senior Vice President for United Way of Central Indiana, explains.

“And after going through the applications last year and considering the needs of our community, we decided that the needs were greater and we wanted to be able to expand the impact of these grants.”

Sunnyside Elementary in Lawrence Township was awarded $400,000 last year. Forty-five percent of Sunnyside’s students are English Language Learners, so the school used the grant for after school language acquisition programming.

Lawrence Township Grants Director Pat Gerber says the grants have been enormously effective.

“Its been beyond a success.  We had originally thought that we would wait two years to determine the full impact before trying to expand to other schools but based on what we’ve seen, I think we will look for next year to try to replicate the program.”

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