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MSDE Awards Grants to Fifteen Organizations

Funds Will Help Expand, or Create Extended Day and Summer Enhancement Programs

BALTIMORE – The Maryland State Department of Education has awarded grants to 15 organizations that will help expand or create extended day and summer enhancement programs for Maryland students.

The Public Schools Opportunities Enhancement Act program was offered in six local systems: Allegany, Caroline, Prince George’s, Somerset, and Wicomico counties, as well as Baltimore City. The grantees are: Board of Education Allegany County (Allegany), Parks and People Foundation, Medical Education Resources Initiative for Teens (MERIT), YMCA of Central Maryland, Inc., Humanim, and The Family League of Baltimore (Baltimore City), Caroline Human Services Council, Inc. (Caroline County), CASA de Maryland, Inc., GapBusters, Inc., Futuristic LLC/ Healthy Solutions, LLC., The ERHKY Foundation, Community Youth Advance, and Young Audiences of MD, Inc., (Prince George’s County), Somerset County Local Management Board ( Somerset County), Ward Foundation, Inc.(Wicomico County).

The initial award for the 2017-2018 school year is for $2,500,000, which provided funding to expand or create extended day and summer enhancement programs. The programs provide access to enrichment opportunities that improve work habits, reduce academic achievement gaps, and improve academic skills.

Maryland’s Public Schools Opportunities Enhancement Act program was established by the General Assembly in 2016. Under the Public School Opportunities Enhancement Grant Program established by the law, MSDE made the awards on a competitive basis to eligible entities that proposed to serve specific local school systems.