The Jackson County School District announced that it has been awarded a grant for $200,000 through the Google Inc. Charitable Giving Fund of the Tides Foundation.

Funds will be used for the continuation and expansion of the district’s Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative (AMSTI), which provides essential training kits for teachers and hands-on science curriculum instruction for students in grades 4-8.
With Google’s grant, the AMSTI Initiative is now fully funded throughout the Jackson County School District. According to Anthony Buckner, curriculum supervisor for the district, the AMSTI kits will help promote scientific inquiry and discovery, enabling more students – namely girls, minorities and poverty students – to pursue additional science studies and STEM-related careers.
“It is important for us to educate our students early so that they can take advantage of broadening industries in North Alabama that will need STEM-trained workers,” said Buckner. “Google has generously helped to make advanced training through AMSTI a reality for our teachers and students, and we are truly grateful for their partnership.”
“Nothing makes us more proud than to see students thriving in subjects we know are, and will continue to be, vital to the nation’s workforce,” said Brenda Standridge, hardware operations site manager at Google.  “We look forward to following the progress of the Jackson County School District as they work to grow student interest and skill through AMSTI.”

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