Grand Island students get minigrant for veterans interviews

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — Officials say a grant from the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation will be used to buy video and audio recording equipment so Success Academy students can interview military veterans.

The Grand Island Independent ( ) reports that two teachers at Grand Island High School received the $590 mini grant Monday afternoon. The Success Academy is an alternative education program for district students in grades six through 12.

Success Academy students who interview veterans will be doing so as part of The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center, through the Library of Congress. Completed interviews will be filed with the Library of Congress.

Traci Skalberg, executive director of the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation, was accompanied by several people, including Grand Island Senior High cheerleaders, as she made surprise visits to various classrooms and presented checks to winning applicants for classroom minigrants.

The grant fund was established through the "Add It Up to Opportunity!" staff and board fund drive, as well as the "Tradition of Excellence" community campaign held during the last year. This is the 12th cycle of the grant program.

More than 25 grants totaling more than $25, 600 were awarded for the 2015-16 year. The grants that were awarded ranged from $160 to $2,000.

The Grand Island Public Schools Foundation has funded 203 minigrants totaling just over $166,800, and every school in the district has received one.


Information from: The Grand Island Independent,

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