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Fulton Schools in Georgia awarded $500K grant for drop-out prevention programs



October 08, 2013
NORTH FULTON, Ga. – Fulton County Schools has been awarded a $500,000 grant by the Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation to further its school drop-out prevention work and help reach its goal of increasing graduation rates.

As part of the system's strategic plan, the district aims to increase its graduation rate to 90 percent in the next four years. The grant monies will be used to implement the "A-B-C framework," which targets attendance, behavior and course options to keep students in school and on track toward graduation.

Fulton Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa said the Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation has a history of supporting education, but typically does not invest in a large public school district like Fulton County Schools.

A spokesman for the Atlanta-based charitable organization said the committee was impressed by Fulton's strategic plan initiatives.

"After meeting Superintendent Avossa and hearing his vision for how to achieve real and systemic change, we felt confident in the direction the district is headed. We want to be a part of supporting students with the greatest need," said Tom Glenn, chair of the Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Foundation Trustees.

The two-year grant also will support programs such as the Truancy Intervention Project (TIP) at 10 high-risk schools (primarily in South Fulton) as well as expand the WINGS after-school program throughout the district. The WINGS program teaches at-risk elementary students how to behave well, make good decisions and build positive relationships.

In North Fulton, students will benefit from funding that supports a "personalized learning environment" for all students. This year, Fulton School officials are focusing on plans to target instruction to the individual student to move academic achievement forward.

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