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Learn and Serve Grants to be Announced in May 2004

February 20, 2004

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) is pleased to announce the availability of competitive grants for West Virginia’s Learn & Serve Program, funded by the Corporation for National & Community Service. The funding is to encourage K-12 public school students to become more involved in civic engagement through “Learn and Serve-America.”  

The WVDE anticipates awarding up to 10 one-year grants to public schools serving students in grades K-12. The amount of grants will be approximately $5,000.  

As part of the grant, three objectives must be fulfilled during the 2004-205 school year. Twenty classroom teachers will be trained to serve as Service-Learning Teacher (SLTs) and 500 students will be trained as Service-Learning Youth Advisors (SLYAs). Teachers and students will show at least 80 percent master of training received on selected service-learning techniques based upon a five point Likert Scale. The second objective will require 30 students to gain an understanding on West Virginia’s hi-Y Youth in Government, Student Legislature, Student Supreme Court of Appeals and the hi-Y Student model United Nations Assembly. Finally, the third objective will require 10 local subgrantees to design and implement their own unique service-learning projects based on student research of their community needs.  

To qualify for the WV Service-Learning funding, applicants must: • Organize school-community experiences to meet the three West Virginia Learn & Serve objectives; • Cooperate with the Learn & Serve Training Specialists who will tailor visits to the sites to promote an increase in the quality, quantity and participation; • Will send at least one project advisor and one student to three-day training workshop in October 2004.  

The WVDE will conduct a competitive review process in April of 2004 and will announce the grant recipients in May 2004, with funding expected to begin in September 2004.  

The deadline for applications is Thursday, April 1, 2004 at 3 p.m. Click below to download the Request for Proposals.  

Learn and Serve RFP (Word Format) http://wvde.state.wv.us/tt/2004/2004-2005LearnandServe%20RFP.doc  

Applicants should include the original application with six additional copies and should be mailed to:  

Sallie Harrington, Ed.S Assistant Director, Office of Planning, Evaluations, Special Programs & Support Services West Virginia Department of Education Building 6, Room 230 1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East  

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