The Georgia Department of Education has awarded $260,000 to rural school districts to help them expand arts education programs.
Three districts in the Coastal Empire have been awarded the stART grants, which can be used to create or expand arts initiatives.
Altamaha Elementary, of the Appling County School District, Bulloch County Schools and Wayne County Schools have each been given $10,000 grants.
The grants are a part of the state’s Partnership for Rural Growth initiative.
“Fine arts education is not an ‘extra’ – it’s a crucial part of a well-rounded education,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said in a press release. “We continue to hear from parents, teachers, administrators, and other supporters of public education that they want those expanded opportunities for their students.
“This is a top priority for us at the Department, and we won’t stop until every student in Georgia has access to high-quality arts education.”
All eligible school districts were given the opportunity to apply for the stART grant funding.