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Manchester City Schools Apply for Grant Funding for its LEAPS Program

The Manchester City School District is presently completing a grant renewal for the Lottery for Education Afterschool’s Program or LEAPS. In November 2002, Tennesseans voted to create a state lottery.

The General Assembly established that profits from the lottery go toward specific educational programs: college scholarships, early childhood programs and afterschool programs.

As provided under TCA 49-6-702, 100 percent of monies constituting an unclaimed prize shall be deposited into an afterschool account for the purpose of administering a system of competitive grants and technical assistance for eligible organizations providing afterschool educational programs within Tennessee.

The Tennessee Department of Education’s Office of Extended Learning administers funding for LEAPs with the goal of enhancing academic opportunities for students.

Grants are awarded for multiyear contracts by a panel of independent readers who score them using a detailed rubric. The present grant will conclude in June of 2020.

Manchester City Schools has been a recipient of this grant for the past 6 years. This after school program operates at College Street Elementary and Westwood Elementary Monday through Friday from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. when school is in session.

Students receive a healthy snack, physical activity, academic and homework assistance, additional help for students with a deficiency in skills and standards, and many enrichment activities. The electives range from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) arts and crafts, additional physical education activities, and drama.

The program has been very successful over the past 6 years. The Manchester City Schools district plans to expand the new grant by increasing the number of students served at both sites. If approved, the number of students served could grow to 600.

The grant is due by June 19, 2020. Awards will be announced sometime in August of 2020. For more information about this program or review the grant application, please contact the Manchester City School’s office.

Lucky Knott

Lucky Knott

One of Southern Tennessee's most experienced and recognized news broadcasters and play-by-play sportscasters. Current news director for On Target News and manager of Rooster 101.5 FM. Knott can be heard on 93.9 The Duck, The Rooster 101.5 and Whiskey Country 105.1 and 95.9. He is currently the play by play voice of the Coffee County Red Raiders on The Rooster 101.5. Lucky has done play-by-play for over 3,455 sports events on Radio & TV. He also served 4 years as the Public Information Officer for the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Dept. and taught Radio/TV for 6 years at Grundy County High School.

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