LANSING — The Michigan Department of Education announced this week a series of grant awards to support science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs throughout the state. Included in the list of recipients is Mt. Morris Consolidated Schools, slated to receive $82,276 to support their Math Recovery program, designed to ensure all students are successful in math by providing educators with the tools they need to pinpoint problem areas before a child falls too far behind their peers. State Reps. Sheryl Kennedy (D-Davison) and John Cherry (D-Flint), who both represent portions of the school district, celebrated the announced grant award.

“One of our most important responsibilities is to ensure our students are equipped with the tools they need to thrive,” said Rep. Kennedy. “Improving our children’s mastery of math is vital to providing a solid foundation for skills they will use throughout their lives. From introducing financial literacy to preparing for a career in engineering or technology, I’m excited to see what Mt. Morris Consolidated Schools will be able to accomplish with this well-deserved award.”

Also included as an award recipient was the Mi-STAR program which provides schools and educators throughout the state with teaching units on a variety of science subjects. These units are designed by experts in the fields of science and education and cover topics like the water cycle, plant growth and the ecosystem.

“Math is a critical topic for children to master. Whether pursuing a degree in science, engineering or technology, or pursuing a career in the skilled trades, the principles of mathematics are vital for success,” said Rep. Cherry. “I’m glad to see that Mt. Morris is receiving support for their Math Recovery Program and investment is being made to improve the future of children in our community.”