A Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education letter announces a grant award to the Success School District. Pictured are board members and administration. First row, from left: Stephanie McKinney, vice president; Liz ReVelle and Whitney Page, board members. Back row: David Russell, superintendent; Ross Olson, treasurer; Lanny Cline, member; Benny Bean, board president; and Alva McCown, member.

The Success School District has won a five year, nearly $800,000 grant that will transform education opportunities for the community and students.

The Success Extended Learning Program  will serve students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

A portion of the effort began Monday before (6:40 a.m. until 8 a.m.) and after (3:30 to 5:50 p.m.) school. It runs until May 14.

David Russell, superintendent at the Success School, said the goal “is to educate our students more effectively, provide them with community awareness to become better citizens and help them become aware of opportunities both within and outside of the rural community.” He said by stressing social skills, STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) activities and providing diverse experiences, students will be better prepared to face an ever-changing world by learning to be self-directed problem solvers.

The student program will consist of STEM inquiry projects, themed literacy projects, at-risk tutoring, physical education activities, health/nutrition education and community service projects. Specials trips will include county library activities, sports/recreation participation, community service and visits to nature sites.

The school library, computer lab and mobile technology stations will be available to provide students with access to software and web-based materials for completion of homework. STEM education, research and themed literacy projects. Pupils will receive mentoring help and guidance from the Missouri University of Science and Technology. through the district’s participation through Project Lead the Way, a STEM program.

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