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Dracut Public Schools Land Dairy Council Grant

Jan 10, 2017 12:11PM ● By Andrew Sylvia

Dracut School Superintendent of Schools Steven Stone.

Dracut School Superintendent Steven Stone announced Monday evening that Dracut’s schools have received a grant from the New England Dairy and Food Council.

The $13,020 grant be used to purchase tablets placed near the front entrances of the schools, with the aim of expediting and hopefully increasing student participation in school breakfast programs.

Stone noted research and personal experience showing that well-fed students perform better in the classroom. He hopes that this new technology will make it easier for students to avoid hunger during their early classes.

“As a former teacher, I had students who didn’t eat a lot in the morning and weren’t as attentive in class,” he said. “This (grant) allows us to not take any time away from learning, but allow (students) to quickly get their breakfast and start their day off.”

Additional technological grant money may also be on the horizon for Dracut’s public schools, as Stone also announced in recent days that Dracut is one of 14 finalist school districts applying for state technology funding.

Approximately 100 school districts from across Massachusetts applied for the funding, which if awarded in Dracut would be used for addressing planned wireless technology and other technology upgrades.

The total amount within the planned upgrades are estimated at approximately $1 million, although it is too early to ascertain how much of that through the grant funding or through loans or through local funding.

However, additional information is expected soon, as all work related to the grant funding must be completed by a deadline of June 30, 2017.

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