WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Chuck Grassley has announced that Clinton, Davenport and Waterloo will receive $503,415 from the U.S. Department of Education.

Funding will support mentoring programs at these schools.

“Having a role model at a young age can have an immeasurable positive influence,” Grassley said. “These funds will help keep at-risk youth focused on positive activities and give them a better chance of avoiding bad decisions with long-term negative consequences.”

The Clinton School District will receive $154,008 in grant funding. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi in Davenport is being awarded $189,777 and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa, Waterloo will receive $159,630.

The Mentoring Grant Program provides assistance to local educational agencies and nonprofit, community-based organizations to initiate, expand or improve mentoring programs for children with the greatest need, particularly those living in rural areas, high-crime areas and troubled home environments or experiencing educational failure.

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