Rising Stars receives PUP! grant

October 26, 2014

The Harvest Foundation has approved a Pick Up the Pace! (PUP) grant to Grace Presbyterian Church to help launch its Saturday enrichment program.  

The program, Rising Stars, will work to strengthen reading and literacy skills for students in grades pre-kindergarten through grade eight, according to a news release. The program will incorporate a variety of field experiences and presentations, and it will include access to a computer center focused on literacy.

“The success of our program will complement the efforts of our local education systems,” said Jane Johnson, pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church. “By giving students access to the enrichment program on weekends, we believe they will be able to improve their performance in the classroom and on standardized assessments.” 

The computer center will house 10 new computers equipped with the latest software. The $9,050 PUP! grant will help fund the purchase and installation of the computers, as well as an interactive white board and projector.

A portion of the funds also will go to the cost of various field experiences for students. Field experiences are designed to engage students and provide context for the enhanced learning opportunities. 

“The foundation is excited about the potential impact of the Rising Stars program at Grace Presbyterian Church,” said Harvest Foundation program officer DeWitt House. “This grant focuses on one of the key components in the Pick up the Pace! program: encouraging community collaboration to maximize available resources.”

The small grants program is designed to engage more people and organizations in the transformation of Martinsville and Henry County. The goal is to encourage everyone to “pick up the pace” to make this a community of choice. 



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