OnCourse Awards First Two $5000 Growth Grants

on October 12, 2019 in Grant, Chronic Absenteeism, STEM, Reading, Arts

The scoring committee selected its first two school district programs, targeting chronic absenteeism and STREAM, to be awarded $5000 OnCourse Student Growth Grants.

Over the summer, OnCourse announced a competitive grant opportunity to support initiatives aimed at improving student and community growth. This week, the OnCourse grant review committee chose two of the four winning grant applications. 

The first round of $5,000 awards goes to: 

Buena School District in Buena, New Jersey
Tangipahoa Parish School System, Louisiana

Both districts presented compelling ideas focused on addressing student and community needs in innovative ways, and we can’t wait to share them with you!


Buena School District, NJ

Buena Middle School was identified as a school in need of improvement by the NJ Department of Education.  One of the main contributing factors to this designation was their chronic absenteeism rate; 20% of their students were chronically absent just last year.  With the grant funding, they will develop an Attendance Improvement Team, will provide transportation to students who have missed the bus in their rural school district, and will conduct Parent-Teacher home visits, which have been proven to be highly effective in combating chronic absenteeism. 

Tangipahoa Parish School System, LA

Tangipahoa Parish identified a need for STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, Math) education in their community. As a result, they have proposed a mobile STREAM program aimed at educating all members of the community; providing access to activities and resources for adults and youth who might otherwise be unable to participate. With the mobile STREAM program, they hope to build stronger relationships and energize the community.

We look forward to working with these districts throughout the school year to measure the effects of their proposed programs.  Congratulations to Buena School District and Tangipahoa School System!

The next two awards will be announced on November 4, 2019!