Knox High School is getting $10,000 to help students explore college and career opportunities. The school board approved an agreement with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education Tuesday, allowing the school to receive that grant funding.
Superintendent Dr. William Reichhart said Guidance Counselor Shirley Fosler put together the grant application. “So there’s $2,500 allocated for travel expenses for college visits, companies to visit us, college fair visits, gas cards to give students to go visit a campus,” he explained.
The grant will also help with a number of other expenses. “There’s also a budget item for food to be served at these college fairs and college visits for families,” Reichhart added. “There’s $1,000 for publicity and another $4,000 for development – for meetings, books, class presentations, dual credit class materials, and such.”
Fosler’s grant documents point out that 56 percent of Knox High School’s students are enrolled in the federal free and reduced lunch program. “We plan to help students, parents, and community members explore employment options and educational opportunities, in order to achieve the career necessary to provide themselves and their families with a comfortable living and a better community,” Reichhart read from the grant documents.
The efforts will involve the cooperation of local businesses, colleges, WorkOne, and the Starke County Economic Development Foundation.