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Newton Schools and Rockdale institutions get grants from General Mills

COVINGTON — “Besides Christmas and payday, this is one of my favorite days of the year,” said General Mills plant manager Mark Bible at the annual Community Partnership Council Grant Awards Reception on Thursday. “We get to help organizations that truly do a lot for the local community.”

The Newton County School System and individual schools within the system, along with some organizations in Rockdale County all obtained grant awards from the plant.

The Newton County School System as a whole received a large grant, which the system will use toward funding of mathematics instruction. The funds will be used to buy new materials and train 28 educators in new approaches to teaching math, from concrete to abstract methods.

This was the first year that West Newton Elementary received a General Mills grant. Students wrote personal essays to the school’s principal as to why West Newton should qualify for a grant from General Mills.

“I’ve had students ask me for a while about when we are going to get the grant,” said instructional coach Sabrina Grant. “I’m happy that I get to go back and tell them we finally got it.”

The school will use the grant to fund the AHA Moments of Science program.

Cousins Middle also received a grant, which it will use to donate to local food banks.

Rockdale County’s J.H. House Elementary received an educational grant from General Mills, which it will use for operational funding.

Other establishments in Rockdale to get grants from the plant include Rockdale Emergency Relief Fund, Conyers-Rockdale Council for the Arts and Prevent Child Abuse Rockdale.

Generals Mills has been awarding grants to various organizations in Newton and Rockdale counties for several years. Altogether, the plant allocated more than $200,000 to community organizations.