Hamilton County and school systems across the state received additional stimulus money this week to fund classroom technology and programs for homeless students.
The district received $312,000 that can be used to "integrate technology into the classroom curriculum and increase student achievement, as well as assist every student in crossing the digital divide by ensuring their technological literacy by the time they complete eighth grade, regardless of the student's race, ethnicity, gender, family income, geographic location or disability," according to a news release from the Tennessee Department of Education.
The $60,000 Hamilton County received for homeless students can be used for services including coordinating community social services for families with homeless students, providing school supplies, paying for the cost of travel for a homeless student to continue attending his or her school of origin and providing supplemental instructional services, according to a separate news release from the department.
La Paz receives grant for care
La Paz de Dios recently received a $20,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga that will help the organization expand its care management program.
"The La Paz team was super excited when we received the news from the Community Foundation," said Stacy Johnson, director of La Paz de Dios.
"We have worked hard to meet the needs of the growing Latino community, and with the funding from the foundation, we can extend our helping hands even farther," she said.
La Paz de Dios helps integrate Latino immigrants into the community by serving as a central guide to services and referrals. It also provides help with interpretation, translation, emergency food and clothing.