Seven School Districts Receive Mini-Grants for Kids


Contact: Kitty Porterfield,, 703-774-6953

Alexandria, Va. Dec. 4, 2012 - Daniel Domenech, executive director of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), today announced the winners of the new Mini Grants for Kids program co-sponsored by AASA and National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA). The winning school districts were chosen, one each from the seven AASA regions across the country, by a committee of AASA and NJPA representatives.

The purpose of the cash grant is to provide schools with funds to meet immediate student needs not covered by other revenue streams. This year, grant requests ranged from boots, coats and non-perishable sundries to dental care and even temporary housing stipends. This is the first year the grants have been awarded.

"Given the economic constraints that all schools are feeling today and the possibility that more cuts to federal funding may be coming soon, schools and communities are struggling to care for their students," said Domenech is announcing the awards. "We know that kids can’t learn if they are sick or hungry or cold. These grants help to fill what is a growing gap in our ability to see to student welfare and education."

The 2012 winners are:

Region 1: East Helena Public Schools; (Montana) Superintendent, Ron Whitmoyer

Region 2: Cuba Independent Schools (New Mexico); Superintendent, Vicki Smith

Region 3: Rapid City Area Schools (South Dakota); Superintendent, Tim Mitchell

Region 4: Pattonville School District (Missouri); Superintendent, Michael Fulton

Region 5: Ware County Schools (Georgia); Superintendent, Joseph Barrow, Jr.

Region 6: Hempfield School District (Pennsylvania); Superintendent, Brenda Becker

Region 7: Bangor School Department (Maine); Superintendent, Betsy Webb

Winners will be recognized at AASA’s 2014 National Conference on Education in Los Angeles. The grant program is open to all AASA members.

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