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Local schools eligible for makeover grant

CONYERS – Georgia United Credit Union has announced that it is giving local schools the chance for a transformation, as it has declared the launch of its new program called School Crashers.

GUCU’s School Crashers grant will offer schools throughout the state a chance for a facility makeover. This could include sprucing up a commons area, building a playground, purchasing new athletic equipment, updating technology and everything in between. According to GUCU Community Development Director Kim Wall, the grant can be used for pretty much anything except changing the structural foundations of school facilities.

Students, staff and local community members can nominate a school for the grant, and a nomination application can be found at www.georgiaunitedcu.org/schoolcrashers. Applications must include a 250-word essay as to why the nominated school should win a School Crasher makeover, and should be turned in online or to the GUCU branch in Duluth no later than April 30. Nominated schools must be an accredited public or private elementary, middle or high school in the state of Georgia.

Wall said that GUCU has $50,000 earmarked for the makeover project, and 50 to 100 schools have applied already. She is anticipating hundreds of applications by the deadline from the 11 county school systems eligible for School Crashers, including Rockdale and Newton.

“We’re looking for ways we can make a difference because school funds are so limited now,” said Wall. “Our hope is that this whole thing will turn into something ongoing.”

A grand prize winner school will be announced on May 19, along with runner-up schools that qualify for mini-makeover grants. The winning schools’ principals will be notified prior to the official announcement of which schools have won. The actual makeover process will take place before the beginning of the 2014-15 school year in July.

The School Crashers programs is part of a partnership with Star 94, 11 Alive and 790 The Zone.