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Doniphan School District receives nearly $1.5M in grant money

(Source: Justin Fischer/KFVS) (Source: Justin Fischer/KFVS)

The Doniphan School District is the recipient of the 21st Century Grant.

The grant roughly totals $1.5 million, and with it, the district plans to implement a before-and-after school program - but with a twist.

"We don't want it to be a plan ole daycare type situation, we want the students to be kind of tricked into some learning," Doniphan Superintendent Jennifer Snyder said. 

Snyder said the district's program will be built around the acronym S.T.E.A.M.

"Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics," Dr. Snyder said. "So, we're going to try to build in as much of all those different areas as we can."

Some of those include archery, yoga, tutoring, money management, C.P.R., nutrition, broadcasting and even robotics. 

"Our teacher from the career center will be working with them to actually build some robots, to program the robot," Dr. Snyder said.

The 21st Century grant is competitive, one that only 21  Missouri schools received. Those involved with the proposal took some extra measures to make sure it was in on time.

"Samantha actually drove the grant all the way to Jefferson city, with 20 minutes to spare, it was a time-sensitive grant," Dr. Snyder said. "We were tickled that she was so willing to do that. And it made it."

The after school portion of the program even includes a hot meal and transportation back home, something Connie Taylor said is one of the most important parts. 

"It's great, now the kids will be here and they don't have to worry about who's going to pick them up or where they're gonna go after school," Taylor said. "They're gonna here, they're gonna learn, they're gonna be fed. And they're gonna be taken care of. And this group of teachers is awesome."

Dr. Snyder said some community partners will be joining the district in the different activities. Dr. Snyder also said parents will not have to spend any money to enroll their student in the program.

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