PARIS, Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) — The Paris Union School District No. 95 in Paris, Ill., announced Wednesday it has received a grant for $2.5 million from the Illinois State Board of Education.
The grant, called the 21st Century Learning Grant, is a highly sought after recognition many districts throughout the state compete for, according to a news release. The $2.5 million being awarded will go towards improving Paris 95’s after-school programs, summer programs and weekend programs as well as create other opportunities for students.
Paris 95 started vigorously applying for many different education grants over the past year, Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Larson said. Since July, the district has been awarded over $944,000 in competitive grants, not counting this newest addition of the 21st Century Learning Grant.
Over the past several years, according to the release, the district has created different opportunities for student and community growth, including:
- 92 at-risk students graduating from the Paris Alternative Learning Site.
- Over 100 adults signing up for the adult education program, 62 of which graduated with a high school diploma.
- The opening of the Brightside Academy for severe and profound students
- The updating of Allen Field with basketball courts, a baseball field, renewed track, tennis courts, a fitness center and a pavilion
- Every student receiving their own personal laptop.
- The opening of full day preschool programs serving over 100 students locally
“A huge thank you is owed to the Paris 95 Board of Education, administrators, faculty, families and community,” Larson said. “Paris 95 is a great place to work. And in case you are keeping track, that brings Paris 95 up to 3.4 million in grants received competitively since July 1, 2021.”