Director of Schools, Dr. DeAnna McClendon announced the awarding of two grants from the East Tennessee Foundation to Monroe County Schools. “These grants will provide equipment and supplies to schools to fight COVID-19 and provide classes in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) training to support our high schools,” said Dr. McClendon.
The East Tennessee Foundation’s Neighbor to Neighbor Disaster Relief Fund grant was awarded to the school district for its Making Monroe County Schools Cleaner – Help Flatten the Curve of COVID-19 grant proposal. With an award amount of eight thousand dollars, funds from this grant will assist the district in purchasing needed equipment and supplies for schools to fight COVID-19.
The Ultrasound Innovation in Secondary Schools grant will provide training for the district’s three high schools in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) programs. The award amount of eight thousand dollars will provide training in classes that focus on skills in electrical inspection, steam trap inspection, and airborne/structure borne ultrasound level 1 certification pre-work, and other STEM activities.
Established in 1986, The East Tennessee Foundation serves 25 East Tennessee counties and provides grants to non-profit organizations and student scholarships. “Monroe County Schools is proud to be an East Tennessee Foundation recipient,” said Dr. McClendon. “These funds will support the district’s efforts to fight COVID-19 and grow STEM programs.”