The Walmart Foundation is giving Duval County Public Schools a $750,000 grant split over two years that will serve 800 middle school students enrolled in the Superintendent's Summer Academy programs.
District Summer Learning Initiative grant through the Walmart Foundation in the amount of $750,000 over two years to serve 800 youth in the 2012 Superintendent’s Summer Academy Programs.
The money is part of a $4 million grant from the Walmart Foundation that will provide more than 7,000 summer learning opportunities for middle school students, according to Duval County schools.
These free programs will help students avoid summer learning loss and return to the classroom ready to learn in the fall. All students in Duval County Title I middle schools who are bridging grades five to six are eligible to attend the program. Students in the five Title I Turnaround middle schools bridging grades eight to nine are also eligible to attend.
"This funding allows us to provide needed opportunities for students to ensure that all of our students graduate prepared for post-secondary education or the world of work," said Duval County Public Schools Chief Academic Officer Kathryn LeRoy. "The program supports the enhancement of the required reading and mathematics skills to be successful in a new middle or high school environment."
Duval County says the district was selected based on the quality of existing programming, capacity for expansion and vision for connecting summer learning to the larger district reform agenda.