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IMPACT 100 Awards $101,820 Grant to Escambia County Public Schools Foundation for Innovation Center Renovation at Pensacola High School

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Escambia County Public Schools Foundation has been awarded a $101,820 grant from IMPACT 100 to fund the Innovation Center Revitalization Project at Pensacola High School.

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“The Pensacola High School Innovation Center Revitalization Project seeks to improve overall student success by increasing engagement and learning opportunities,” stated Pensacola High School Librarian/Media Specialist Heather Barrow-Stafford. “This grant will be used to purchase flexible furniture, technology and supplies for the newly renovated Innovation Center. This will provide our students with a safe, comfortable and engaging space to use not only during school hours, but also before and after school.”

The project will further several important initiatives at Pensacola High School:

1) Tutoring an hour before school, and two hours after school

2) Evening and weekend parent involvement programs focused on topics such as college applications and social and emotional development

3) Student collaboration on projects and online gaming and coding with tools like Minecraft

4) Providing students with access to supplies they may not have at home, such as markers, glue, and scissors.

Assistant Principal Bryan Freeman addressed the need for these new resources, indicating this project will impact 1,400 students, families, and siblings, in a location where there is currently no community center for students after school.

Pensacola High School is located at 500 West Maxwell Street in Pensacola.