DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – A grant through the Iowa Department of Education is helping local students work toward college goals.
Davenport Community Schools was awarded a ‘Gear Up Iowa’ grant last October. It’s benefiting students enrolled in seventh grade at Sudlow, Smart, Williams, Wood and J.B. Young and will follow them all the way through high school graduation.
The grant is focused on improving college readiness for low-income and first-generation college students, even providing some scholarship money when they enroll in college.
“We want to get kids out to colleges,” school administrative manager James Goddard said. “We also want to get kids to experience trades and other careers they might be interested in. So once they graduate, that’s not the end of the line. They know there are things out there they can use to better themselves and be more successful.”
Districts are chosen for the grant partly on having a 50% or high, free and reduced meal rate. DCSD’s is at about 68%.
The goal is to better prepare students for secondary education through things like community volunteering, dual credit or AP course work and maintaining good attendance.