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$250,000 grant to create college-going culture at GRPS

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The Grand Rapids Community Foundation announced Wednesday it is awarding a $250,000 grant to Harrison Park School to encourage more students to go to college.

The grant is part of a long-term partnership between the foundation and GRPS to create a college-going culture at the school. The money will help pay for summer and after school programs, and provide scholarships to students who take certain classes through high school.

"You talk to kids about working hard and talking about the importance of the future, but for me, this allows us to be very concrete and tell the kids starting with our fourth grade students next year that you worked hard, you graduated from high school, and you are going to college," said Harrison Park principal, Mike Nasser.

The grant will create three new full time jobs at Harrison Park: A college pathway coordinator, a math coach, and a literacy coach.

District and foundation leaders plan to expand the program to Westwood Middle and Union High School in the coming years.