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Redstone Joins The Schools Foundation to Raise 2010 Impact Aid Participation
Tuesday, 07 September 2010 00:00
For Immediate Release
September 8, 2010
For more information, contact:
Debbie Beaupre, 256.503.3213

Redstone Joins The Schools Foundation to Raise 2010 Impact Aid Participation- When In Doubt, Fill it Out!

– More Than $10.5 Million Distributed to Local Schools Over the Past Ten Years


Huntsville, Ala. – At a news conference today, Redstone Arsenal Garrison Commander Col. Robert M. Pastorelli , local school superintendents and The Schools Foundation President Scott McLain announced the 2010 Federal Impact Aid Program for local schools.  The program disburses payments to local school districts that are financially burdened by federal activities.

Children of the 30,000 Redstone Arsenal employees – including military, Department of Defense civilians and contractors – qualify as federally connected students and have helped bring more than $10.5 million to schools in the Tennessee Valley over the past ten years.   Arab and Athens City Schools also participate in the program.  The process for claiming the aid includes filling out the appropriate forms and turning them back in to the schools so they can be filed. Parents who are uncertain about qualifications should follow the motto, "When in doubt, fill it out" and return the completed form to school as soon as possible.

Student populations have steadily increased over the past decade in the North Alabama school systems, and the greatest impacts are in the immediate area around Redstone Arsenal.  In addition, local systems are expecting sizable student growth during the next twelve months as part of the continued BRAC expansion. 

The Impact Aid program is intended to help systems that are financially burdened by federal activities and can be used for a wide variety of expenses including purchasing textbooks, special education resources, computers and other equipment, after-school programs and remedial tutoring; advanced placement classes, consumable classroom supplies, and special enrichment programs.
“The Federal Impact Aid Program is very important to our community,” said McLain, president of the board of The Schools Foundation. “It is important for parents to participate and fill out the proper forms so we can make sure we take advantage of all funding available to all of our schools."
Students will be given forms this week – Wednesday, September 8 through Friday September 10, 2010.  Parents should fill them out and return them as quickly as possible.  Forms are also available on The Schools Foundation website – www.theschoolsfoundation.org.

The Schools Foundation is a not-for-profit local education foundation that supports Huntsville City Schools, Madison County Schools and Madison City Schools through a variety of programs including teacher scholarships, classroom grants, staff development, technology deployment and other educational programs.  www.theschoolsfoundation.org.
 
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