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DoDEA Military Grants

Military-connected children face a unique set of circumstances and challenges. The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) recognizes the impact additional supports and services have on K-12 dependents of military service members. Over the years, the Escambia County School District and DoDEA have infused nearly $9,000,000 in federal grant funds into our schools through the Military-Connected Local Educational Agencies for Academic and Support Programs (MCASP) initiative to better serve military-connected students. Funding for these multi-year MCASP grants is appropriated annually by Congress.

Our district currently operates four active DoDEA grants, providing students and teachers at participating military-connected schools additional academic and social-emotional supports through enhancements to the curriculum, extra-curricular activities, summer camps, field trips and excursions, and professional development. A brief synopsis of each 4.5-year project is provided below.


2015 Award | Flying in Diamond Formation: Students Transitioning and Soaring Together

Schools Targeted:

  • Blue Angels Elementary School
  • Hellen Caro Elementary School
  • Bailey Middle School
  • Escambia High School

Focus (Foci):

  • Math & Science Achievement
  • Social/Emotional Learning

Activities:

  • After-school and summer STEM programs
  • Classroom academic and behavioral supports
  • Student 2 Student and Junior Student 2 Student programs to ease transitions and build peer support

2016 Award | Smooth Sailing: Making Transitions a Breeze

Schools Targeted:

  • Blue Angels Elementary School
  • Hellen Caro Elementary School
  • Pleasant Grove Elementary School
  • Bailey Middle School
  • Escambia High School

Focus:

  • Social/Emotional Learning

Activities:

  • Capturing Kids' Hearts
  • Saturday Excursions to promote peer relationships
  • Summer Leadership Camp
  • Positive Behavior Supports to improve social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes
  • College campus visits for high school students

2017 Award | Operation Cyberworld: A Path to College and Careers

Schools Targeted:

  • Blue Angels Elementary School
  • Hellen Caro Elementary School
  • Pleasant Grove Elementary School
  • Bailey Middle School

Focus:

  • College and Career Readiness

Activities: 

  • Expanded College and Career coursework at the middle school level, including Programming & Logic curriculum and industry certification
  • Introduced computer literacy standards at the elementary school level through IC3 Spark GS5 curriculum and industry certification
  • Summer Robotics & Coding Camps

2019 Award | Taking Flight: On to New Heights with STEM

Schools Targeted:

  • Blue Angels Elementary School
  • Hellen Caro Elementary School
  • Pleasant Grove Elementary School
  • Bailey Middle School

Focus: 

  • Mathematics through STEM

Activities: 

  • Provides schools with access to mathematics resources to individualize learning
  • After-school enrichment and tutoring activities
  • Summer STEM programs