SMYRNA, Del.,, Aug 20, 2013 -- Today, United States Senator Tom Carper and USDA Rural Development Acting State Director Kathy Beisner, announced more than $1.3 million in USDA Community Facilities loan and grant funds to improve the quality of rural education centers in the Smyrna area.
“The USDA Rural Development Community Facility Program is a diverse program that can help improve the quality of rural schools, early care and education centers and libraries,” said Beisner. “All children deserve a good pre-school experience including before and after-school care. This is a good day for education and for helping to set the foundation of a bright future for our youth.”
The Greater Smyrna Clayton Boys & Girls Club is receiving a $50,000 federal grant award to help keep the 80-year old armory building, that the club occupies, remain current with child care licensing regulations. The funds will help replace the sound system, doors, exterior lighting and update the security system and fire protection. The Boys & Girls Club will contribute $300,000 to the project.
Telamon Corporation maintains a Head Start program on Georgias Alley, just a few streets north of the Boys & Girls Club. The building is leased and due to the age of the facility and leasing cost they have been unable to expand the program to serve additional students. Telamon will use a $1.3 million low interest direct loan to construct a new 4,300 square-foot Head Start Facility on Brenford Road that will meet the Head Start Standards, which includes space for a part day Head Start Program that provides two sessions each day, and includes a kitchen, classrooms, a conference room and office space for the staff.
Last week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack highlighted a number of Department efforts to promote a healthy and productive learning environment as students all around the country begin to head back to school. From programs that are focused on nutrition and school meals to USDA efforts to helping inside the classroom.
President Obama's plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President's leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America's economy, small towns and rural communities. Many of these efforts depend on Farm Bill programs, and USDA continues to call for Congressional passage of a comprehensive Food, Farm and Jobs Bill that will help the Department continue a wide range of efforts to grow the economy.
USDA's investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values. President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Vilsack are committed to a smarter use of Federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has a portfolio of programs designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.
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