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For Immediate Release — June 18, 2010 | HQ
: DoDEA, Public Affairs | (703) 588-3272

ARLINGTON, VA — June 18, 2010 — The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Educational Partnership awarded a $1.5 million grant to Fairfax County Public Schools through the Promoting Student Achievement at Schools Impacted by Military Force Structure Changes FY 10 Competitive Grant Program.
“Our grant program provides needed funding for schools serving the children of our military service members,” said Dr. Shirley Miles, Director, DoDEA. “These students face unique challenges being in a military family and we are proud to be able to help the school districts that support them.”
The Fairfax County Public School grant will fund Operation Patriotic STEM which will benefit the highly transient Fort Belvoir Elementary School (FBES) population. The program will target the minority student achievement gap. FBES students will participate in specific STEM curriculum within the school day. In addition, Operation Patriotic STEM will provide extended day learning opportunities through three after school sessions and two three-week summer institutes each year.
“Operation Patriotic STEM shows excellent promise to make a positive impact in STEM learning and to reduce achievement gaps in math and science,” said Dr. Jack Dale, Superintendent Fairfax County Schools. “The added outreach component to include parents and community business partners in this effort will serve to reinforce the project goals and strengthen the community.”
“The education of our children is a top priority for all parents. We’re grateful to serve as an integral partner with Fairfax County and the Fort Belvoir Elementary School,” said Fort Belvoir Garrison Commander, Col. Jerry Blixt. “The grant for Operation Patriotic STEM will not only provide substantial benefit to our children here at Belvoir, but will significantly enhance our Partners in Education program. Fort Belvoir has a tremendous wealth of STEM related professionals whose tailored skills will promote the educational development of the children at FBES.”
The amount of the grant awards range from $100,000 to $2,500,000 based on military student enrollment at the target schools. While the aim of the program is to enhance the education of military students, funds may be used to raise student achievement for all students at the schools.
All grants focus on enhancing student learning opportunities, student achievement, and educator professional development at military-connected schools. Some grants also have a counseling component that focuses on easing the challenges that military students face due to transitions and deployments.
While some active duty military families are stationed in overseas locations, the majority live on or near a military installation in the U.S. Approximately 60% of the children of military families in the U.S. are school age and the majority of them attend public schools throughout the nation.
DoDEA’s Partnership program provides information and support to increase understanding of the unique needs of military children as well as academic support to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for military children.
DoDEA’s aim is to enhance the education of military students, but funds may be used to raise student achievement for all students.
DoDEA consists of the Department of Defense Dependents Schools located overseas, and the Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools located in the U.S. and its territories and possessions. DoDEA provides education to eligible DoD military and civilian dependents from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Education Activities throughout the U.S. that serve children of military families.

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