School Districts Awarded ‘Mini-Grants’ to Address Students’ Urgent Needs



James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – Jan. 16, 2014 – AASA, The School Superintendents Association, announced today the 2013 recipients of the Helping Kids Program, a series of “mini-grants” designated to provide for immediate needs of children and their families. 

Funded by AASA through a partnership with the National Joint Powers Alliance, the $2,000 grants will be used to furnish items such as food and clothing and in some instances, temporary housing stipends. Seven winners are chosen annually. This year’s recipients include:

  • Auburn-Washburn Unified School District (Topeka, Kan.);
  • East St. Louis School District (East St. Louis, Ill.);
  • Franklin Pierce School District (Tacoma, Wash.);
  • Grenada School District (Grenada, Miss.);
  • Long Branch Public Schools (Long Branch, N.J.);
  • Meriden Public Schools (Meriden, Conn.);
  • Wausau School District (Wausau, Wisc.).

“Undernourished children or those who do not have access to basic items of clothing are not going to be effective learners in the classroom,” said Chad Coauette, executive director, NJPA. “Our organization is dedicated to providing programs and services that create efficiencies for education in an effort to support our country’s most important resource—our children.”

“We are grateful to the National Joint Powers Alliance for establishing a relationship that can support this important initiative,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “There are communities across the country where families are hungry or cannot afford heavy winters coats. The Helping Kids Program helps these families. This effort speaks to the commitment we are making to serve under-resourced communities nationwide.”

Nearly 70 applications were submitted for this year’s mini-grants. The selection committee is made up of representatives from NJPA, AASA and the National Association of Elementary School Principals. For more information about the Helping Kids Program, visit


About NJPA
National Joint Powers Alliance® is a government agency that establishes an alliance between buyers and suppliers and provides other programs and solutions for use by education, government and non-profits. NJPA leverages the national purchasing power of more than 50,000 member agencies to offer a variety of competitively awarded contracts for products and services from industry-leading vendors. For more information, please visit

About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit Follow AASA on Twitter at or on Facebook at Information on AASA Children’s Programs on Twitter @AASATotalChild.