Taholah, Quinault get share of 21st Century grant funds

Two local school districts have received $1.35 million in grant federal grants over five years to open elementary tutoring programs for children.

Lake Quinault and Taholah School districts will divide the grant money, which will be disbursed in $270,000 increments over five years. The programs with be run by the Save the Children organization. The grant is part of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, a federal program that targets schools in high-needs neighborhoods.

“This is a great win for a number of communities,” said Randy Dorn, superintendent of public instruction. “It gives students in those areas another place to go to get help so they don’t fall behind in school.”

Rich DuBois, superintendent for the Lake Quinault School District, said they have worked with Save the Children before with great success. He said the new programs will make a difference in the lives of his students.

“It will provide us with an after school program for students K through sixth,” said Rich DuBois, superintendent for the Lake Quinault School District. “It will also provide a 30-day summer school program. It’s going to enhance the students reading, their math capabilities and provide some healthy choices for nutrition and the physical things they are doing.”