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Clay Community Schools receive grant to encourage college educations

JJ Siddons is one of many seniors at Northview High School who is eager to graduate. Her focus is turning to college. The "school and community partnership grant" helps schools push their students toward college.

Posted: Feb 22, 2019 7:55 PM

BRAZIL, Ind. (WTHI)- JJ Siddons is one of many seniors at Northview High School who is eager to graduate. Her focus is turning to college.

"My parents did not go to college and my brothers didn't finish college because they got full-time jobs. Its nerve racking because I want to finish college," said Siddons.

The "school and community partnership grant" helps schools push their students toward college. Both Clay County high schools plan on using the grant to cover Student College testing costs.

"By securing the grant we are going to be able to pay for all of the students at the high school in the junior-senior class and in clay city that wants to take the SAT," said Northview’s assistant principal Debbie Zimmerman.

The rest of the funding will be used for a 21st Century Scholar day. This will provide extra assistance to families filling out forms for financial assistance.

"Work with our three guidance counselors and myself and any parents or students to come in and fill out the paperwork and all the requirements for the 21-century scholar," said Zimmerman.

Students like Siddons are happy to hear they're getting help to prepare for their futures.

"It makes me happy for myself because I know I can achieve big things just by graduating," said Siddons.

Other schools in the valley to receive funds include North Knox and Shakamak.

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