$75K grant helps Marietta schools tutor students during pandemic

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A $75,000 grant will allow the Marietta City School System help students who may be struggling to keep up with digital learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The system received the grant from the Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Recovery and Response Fund, which is a partnership between United Way of Greater Atlanta and the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

Marietta City Schools spokeswoman Jen Brock said the district can use the funding to help offset the cost of distance learning and provide virtual one-on-one tutoring, mentoring and other programs “to help students not yet engaged or who are at greater risk” of falling behind during the system’s closure.

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The Recovery and Response fund provides financial support to nonprofits who offer emergency assistance, food and healthcare needs to vulnerable citizens.

Marietta City Schools was one of 13 nonprofit organizations and one of five public school systems to receive money in the fifth round of funding, which contributed about $1.4 million to area organizations. Since the fund’s establishment, nearly $12 million has been given to 75 nonprofit organizations.

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Marietta City Schools has been closed since March 16 due to the pandemic. The system, where more than 60 percent of students qualify for free and reduced-price lunch, has served more than 92,000 meals, provided more than 700 hot spots and loaned 3,000 computers to students.

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