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Villa Rica Elementary School Named Innovation Fund Accelerator Award Winner

Nov 14 2017

Villa Rica Elementary School was one of only six schools in Georgia to be chosen by Governor Nathan Deal as a recipient of the Innovation Fund Accelerator award.

 “The Innovation Fund Accelerator connects leaders in education with additional resources to develop innovative solutions that improve student achievement,” said Deal. “By investing in programs that address the challenges facing our education system today, we are building a stronger foundation for Georgia’s students to succeed in the classroom of tomorrow and the workforce of the future. Congratulations to the award winners and we look forward to learning how each innovative program will improve opportunities for student growth and success.”

According to a press release issued by the Governor’s Office, award winners will receive a $10,000 grant to support activities directly related to Innovation Fund Accelerator participation. Upon successful completion of the Innovation Fund Accelerator, participants can apply for an additional grant of up to $45,000 to pilot the innovative programs they developed.

Programs supported by the Innovation Fund Accelerator must align with one of the four following priority areas: applied learning with a focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) education, development and replication of blended and personalized learning school models, birth-to-age-eight language and literacy development, and teacher and leader development for high-need schools. 

"We are extremely excited to be chosen as a grant recipient because that this will offer us the ability to think outside the box to meet the literacy needs of our students," said Mitch Springer, Principal of Villa Rica Elementary School.  Villa Rica Elementary School will use the funds from the grant to support its early literacy initiatives for pre-kindergarten through second grade students.