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Beecher Community School District impacted by CARES Act funding

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is allocating $65 Million in federal Coronavirus aid from the CARES Act for schools in need
Published: Aug. 20, 2020 at 4:51 PM EDT
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Mt. Morris Township, Mich. (WJRT) - (8/20/2020)

School districts across the state are still reeling from Wednesday’s announcement of vital funding support that will help meet the needs of families and students in this new pandemic-era of schooling.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is allocating $65 Million in federal Coronavirus aid from the CARES Act for those in the greatest need. Several are within mid-Michigan including Beecher Community School District.

Before their school year started on August 17, the district raised $25,000 in donations to make virtual learning easier and accessible to all of their students.

Now, the announcement from Gov. Whitmer is an added bonus to help them continue to bridge their technology gap.

“This is going to be a tremendous impact to our school district. Once again at Beecher Community Schools, we pride ourselves on going that extra mile for our students and so any additional resources, we’ll use to better our technology, provide more technology, and make sure that our students have multiple ways of having internet connectivity,” said superintendent Dr. Marcus Davenport.

Teachers are making sure that kids are accessing the virtual learning and staying connected.

“We have some of the most devoted, innovative and caring educators in the entire state of Michigan and so we are standing strong in the district because of the educators,”said Davenport.

Davenport says it’s crucial that they have improved and up to date technology.

“Just having a device for the child is half the battle, we have to make sure that the children had the best technology available to make this virtual learning experience the best experience possible,” said Davenport.

Not only will the money go towards technology but also mental health services.

Davenport added, “When you think about the impact that COVID-19 has had on our community. It’s important that we’re able to address the mental health needs of our students and with our own staff. So it’s important that we have the resources and that we also understand that education goes beyond just teaching and learning. There’s so many other components that we have to take into consideration if we’re trying to help the whole child.”

The district is waiting for more detailed information regarding the process but the superintendent says they qualify for the money because of their past Title 1 eligibility.

They are making sure all of their students are taken care and Davenport has a message for parents and guardians. “For our teachers, parents, guardians, we understand that this is a difficult time. This is a learning experience for us all. Please do not hesitate to reach out to whether it’s the teachers, the principals, or myself as a superintendent.”

He continued, “It is our job to make this experience as easy as possible for you, because we understand that it is a tremendous amount of responsibility now in the hands or in the laps of our parents who have another job of just trying to earn a living and take care of their children.”

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