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(Janesville, WI) Nick Crow, Gazette

Kennedy Elementary School has received a national grant to aid its science, technology, engineering arts and mathematics curriculum.

Kennedy got the $10,000 innOVATION STEAM grant through the Ovation Foundation, the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and Americans for the Arts, in accordance with the Congressional STEAM caucus, according to a news release from the Janesville School District.

The grant recognized programs that raise awareness about the importance of integrating STEAM educational curriculum, the news release said.

"The President's Committee has made increasing access to arts education a signature focus over the last five years, and we are thrilled to acknowledge these schools' inspiring STEAM programs," said Rachel Goslins, executive director of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in a statement. "It is through programs like these that we can foster the skills of innovation, creativity and problem-solving that our students need to compete in the world today."

Eight schools nationally received $80,000 in grants, according to the news release. The recipients were honored at a ceremony and reception at the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C., in early November.

Other schools receiving the grant were Boston Arts Academy, Boston; Dayton Regional STEM School, Kettering, Ohio; High Tech High Media Arts, San Diego; Highland Park Middle School, Beaverton, Oregon; National Inventors Hall of Fame Center for STEM Learning, Akron, Ohio; Quatama Elementary School, Hillsboro, Oregon; Renaissance Arts Academy, Los Angeles.

"We can learn a lot from these eight schools. They stand as role models for the education system in America today, honoring a well-rounded education for every student by incorporating the arts and the STEM subjects,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts, in a statement. "I am impressed by their students' academic achievement, school engagement and innovative thinking. By acknowledging and rewarding these creative programs today, we aim to encourage and inspire schools across the country tomorrow."

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