FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University Foundation recently received a check for $21,662 from Marion School Districts 1 and 2 and Dillon School Districts 1 and 3.
The money is part of a 21st Century Learning Grant provided to the school districts, which make up the YAM (You And Me) Consortium.
Dillon 1 Superintendent Stephen P. Laird, Dillon 3 Superintendent John M. Kirby, Marion 1 Superintendent Cheryl Allread, Marion 2 Superintendent Jerry Leviner and Viola Edwards, project director of the 21st Century Learning Grant, presented the check to FMU President Fred Carter and Graham Edwards, executive director of the FMU Foundation, during a luncheon at FMU on Nov. 9.
The money allows FMU to provide services for mentors, apprentices and working co-ops for the YAM after-school and extended-year programs. FMU is providing 22 tutors for students in seven of the districts’ schools. The tutors are working with approximately 600 academically at-risk children. This is the third-year of the grant, and the second year that FMU has been involved with the program.
“These monies support an extremely important project by allowing for the mentoring of at-risk students,” Carter said. “We are always excited to work with these four school districts. They are very supportive of FMU and we try to reciprocate. This YAM grant is an example of that.”
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