State Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau was joined by educators, students and community members Wednesday afternoon to announce the award of 35 grants to Graduation Matters communities, in a continuing campaign to help students become college and career ready.
The grants, totaling $203,000, will fund Graduation Matters initiatives in communities statewide that have committed to increasing graduation rates, offering credit-recovery programs and implementing early education programs.
“We really want to make sure that everyone in the community is involved,” Juneau said.
That means making sure K-12 students are prepared for transitions through the educational system, and that they’re thinking about what they want to do after graduation, applying for college and filling out financial aid forms, she added.
Juneau thanked Mike Halligan, executive director of the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, for $450,000 in contributions to Graduation Matters over the past three years.
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