WEP seeks applications for school mini-grants

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The Wilson Education Partnership is accepting applications for its 2016-17 mini-grant program.

Last spring, WEP gave $8,000 to schools in Wilson County to help educators make their creative ideas a reality. The ideas were supposed to be centered around career and college readiness.

This year, WEP Executive Director Martha Vick said there will be two pathways to choose from when forming ideas for the grants.

With the help of a grant from Merck & Co, a health and wellness focus area has been added to the program.

In the new focus area, the grant may be used for a project that addresses diet, healthy eating, exercise and physical activity, disease control, substance abuse and wellness initiatives.

Some of the career and college readiness projects chosen last year included reading books as a class to do a book study, learning to tie a necktie or a scarf to improve self-image and setting up a science, technology, engineering, arts and math, or STEAM, lab.

Vick said the purpose of the grants is to provide innovative, creative and new projects to the school or classroom.

Any certified Wilson County Schools K-12 employee is elligible to apply for the mini-grant program.

The maximum amount of funding that can be requested for a project is $1,000.

Applications for the mini-grants are due Oct. 3 and recepients will be notified before Nov. 1.

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