This winter, ISD 318 received a $150,000 grant to provide technology access, graphing calculators, and technology support for students. “The pandemic has brought more attention to inequities in access to technologies. We are grateful that the Blandin Foundation is willing to help us address those gaps,” said ISD 318 Teaching and Learning Director Sue Akre.
Rapids Rising and the GRIP Coalition will receive a Drug-Free Communities (DFC) grant for $125,000 each year for the next five years. The grant will enable Rapids Rising and the GRIP Coalition to continue their work promoting positive community norms in our community. Rapids Rising and the GRIP Coalition work to reduce and delay underage alcohol and substance use by empowering young people and correcting misperceptions about use. Over the past five years, they have worked to help students make healthy choices about not using alcohol or illegal drugs.
Grand Rapids High School (GRHS) is a school of over 1,200 students with more than 200 courses that offer our students excellent educational opportunities. Few institutions of learning rival the academic, athletic, and fine arts opportunities available to the students of GRHS, and all while maintaining an unmatched sense of community and personal attention.
In addition to high school course work, students can also earn college credits while at GRHS through UMD College in the Schools (CITS), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Post-Secondary as ICC (PSEO). GRHS is proud to be the only rural district in Minnesota to offer the IB program.
Other options available to prepare our students for post-secondary opportunities include the Career Pathways program. The Career Pathways classes are designed to train students for careers in healthcare and manufacturing fields. Students receive college credit from Itasca Community College, make connections in their fields, and have real-world experience opportunities with internships.
We believe that all students can learn and we are prepared to work collaboratively with colleagues, students, parents, and the community to achieve this shared educational purpose.