Rockdale ISD receives $25,000 grant from Alcoa Foundation

Funds to help secondary math students

Rockdale Operations manager Jim Hodson presents the “Building Tomorrow’s Workforce and Leaders” Alcoa Foundation grant to Rockdale ISD superintendent Dr. Howell Wright, Rockdale Junior High Principal April Eschberger, Rockdale High School Principal Joey Geletka and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Penny Curry. Reporter/Marie Bakken Rockdale Operations manager Jim Hodson presents the “Building Tomorrow’s Workforce and Leaders” Alcoa Foundation grant to Rockdale ISD superintendent Dr. Howell Wright, Rockdale Junior High Principal April Eschberger, Rockdale High School Principal Joey Geletka and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Penny Curry. Reporter/Marie Bakken Rockdale ISD has received a $25,000 “Building Tomorrow’s Workforce and Leaders” Alcoa Foundation grant which will be used to support the math skills of junior high through high school students at two Rockdale campuses.

According to Penny Curry, RISD assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, the grant will provide targeted instructional math assistance for struggling students who are both workforce and/or college bound.

“This is great news for the district,” Curry said. “We expect this grant to have an immediate impact on our math scores, but more than that, our goal is to experience a carry-over effect in all subjects where higher level thinking skills are needed.”

The main component funded by the grant will be the Apangea Learning System. The system is tailored to meet the needs of students at the secondary math levels and includes special intervention resources for struggling readers.

Benefiting from the grant will be students at Rockdale Junior High and Rockdale High School.

Rockdale ISD has been the recipient of prev ious A lcoa Foundation grants and is very appreciative of the district support that is ref lective of the Alcoa partnership, Curry said.


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