Camden City School District Receives Almost Half A Million Dollar Grant from the U.S. Department of Education

Camden City School District Receives Almost Half A Million Dollar Grant from the U.S. Department of Education

Camden - Mayor Dana L. Redd, Senators Robert Menendez and Frank R. Lautenberg, and Congressman Robert Andrews today announced the City of Camden School District received nearly $500,000 in "Teaching American History Grant" funding from the U.S. Department of Education.

"Educating our future leaders is a critical component in our continued efforts to move Camden forward," Mayor Redd said. "Any assistance that will help improve student achievement in Camden is welcomed news. I am glad that City of Camden has Senators Menendez and Lautenberg and Congressman Andrews fighting for our students and their future."

"This is an investment that will help Camden City's youth fulfill their potential, and will support the teachers that work with them every day," said Senator Menendez. "Education is the key that unlocks social mobility and economic opportunity. As the first in my family to graduate from college and law school, I know the power that an education can have on a young person's life. That is why the education of our younger generations has to always be a top priority and why investments like this are investments in our future."

"Keeping America's rich history alive in our classrooms is critical to ensuring that the next generation learns from the past," Senator Lautenberg said. "This federal funding will give Camden's teachers access to resources that will enhance the learning experience for their students and provide new opportunities for them to excel in the classroom."

"This boost in federal aid will allow students in the City of Camden to achieve a more well-rounded education without placing added pressure on the school district's budget," said Congressman Andrews. "By implementing these history education funds into our schools, students will benefit from a more enhanced learning environment, improve their ability to think critically, and gain a better understanding of our nation's past."

The full amount of the grant is $497,994 and will run from September 1, 2010 through August 31, 2013. The goal of the Teaching American History Grant program is to support programs that raise student achievement by improving teachers' knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of American history. The program supports competitive grants to local educational agencies, in partnership with institutions of higher education, nonprofit history or humanities organizations, libraries, or museums. For more Information, please visit the U.S. Department of Education's website at www2.ed.gov/programs/teachinghistory/index.html.

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