Harvest Foundation announces $1.8 million in grants to Martinsville-Henry County schools

Harvest Foundation announces $1.8 million in grants to Martinsville-Henry County schools

December 3, 2018

The Harvest Foundation has awarded $1.8 million in grants to Carlisle School, Henry County Public Schools and Martinsville City Public Schools. Read more below about each grant and how the funding will be used. 

Carlisle School

Officials at Carlisle School look to improve written communication skills and achieve higher SAT scores with a grant from The Harvest Foundation.

A three-year grant of $177,390 will help Carlisle launch a comprehensive writing program that encompasses students from kindergarten to 12th grade.

“This program is a creative approach to addressing a growing concern in education circles – the ability of students to write cohesively,” said DeWitt House, senior program officer at The Harvest Foundation. “Whether a student decides to attend college or join the workforce, the ability to communicate effectively through the written word is critical to their future success. Expressing an idea clearly and concisely is a skill not only needed but expected from each and every teacher, professor and employer. We want all students from Martinsville and Henry County to be fully prepared to take on the rigors of higher education and the workforce.”

House added that Carlisle’s new writing program aligns with Harvest Foundation’s workforce goal of supporting early childhood academic success.

Henry County Public Schools

Henry County Public Schools will use a three-year, $1.2 million grant from The Harvest Foundation to ensure all students are reading on grade level by the end of third grade.

Officials hope to increase the percentage of students reading on grade level in the third and fifth grades, and they strive to increase scores on the PSAT. Grant funding primarily will be used to focus on literacy interventions to help teachers improve student literacy.

“Henry County Schools clearly recognized the important role literacy plans in the development of the workforce pipeline,” said DeWitt House, senior program officer at The Harvest Foundation. “For students to have the necessary skills and qualifications to enter the workforce, they must have a strong foundation in literacy. With this focus, the schools are ensuring the foundational needs of any career are met.” 

This grant aligns with Harvest’s workforce goal in its strategic plan, specifically focusing on strategies in credentialing and early childhood academic success, added House.

Martinsville City Public Schools

Martinsville City Public Schools will prepare its students to successfully transition to the SEED Fund program at Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC), or other educational and training institutions, with a three-year, $416,120 grant from The Harvest Foundation.

The school system’s ultimate goal is that its graduates will successfully complete a program of study at Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) or other four-year colleges and universities. Officials will use interventions and address deficits before students graduate to ensure they are ready for higher education.

With this grant, officials hope to increase students qualifying for dual enrollment by 80 percent and have at least 80 percent of students meet or exceed ACT college-ready benchmarks. Goals also are set for this year’s eighth graders to be on track in reading, and math using MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) data, and for fifth graders on track in reading and math.  

“With this grant, Martinsville City Schools will focus on supporting efforts to make sure students meet requirements to take full advantage of the SEED Fund, and to ensure that students are college and career ready,” said DeWitt House, senior program officer at The Harvest Foundation. “The school system will partner closely with PHCC to ensure the quality of students transferring into the SEED Fund program.”

This grant aligns with The Harvest Foundation’s strategic plan through its workforce goal by supporting programs that increase the number of individuals with degrees, diplomas and certifications.


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