The U.S. Department of Education has awarded the School District of Mishicot $895,000 in PEP grant funding, according to Superintendent Colleen Timm.
The district will receive the funding over the next three years with $376,953 of it coming in the first year.
“I think it’s an outstanding opportunity for our students and our community,” said Tom Ellenbecker, the school district’s director of instruction. “It’s a lot of money for the community.”
The Mishicot district received one of 56 grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Education through the Carol M. White Physical Education Program, known as PEP. The school district is one of five recipients in the state and the only one in northeast Wisconsin. The grants, which this year totaled $27 million nationwide, are open to school districts, other educational agencies and community organizations to be used for physical fitness and nutrition programs for students, according to a news release. The department has awarded more than $620 million since the program began in 2001.