LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)- The Steam Academy is celebrating after receiving quite a large grant. The money came from the Indiana Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School learning, and Early Learning Indiana.
The two grants totaled at $214,439.43.
The money will help the ministry to serve more pre-k children while increasing the quality of opportunities for early education in the state.
It will also go toward the construction of new classrooms. The STEAM Academy is expanding by nearly 20,000 square feet. It will be open early this summer.
Lead Pastor of River City Church Robby Bradford said our whole community is helped when we help children.
"The sooner that we invest in someone's life, the longer that investment can grow. In terms of their future, in terms of industry and in terms of their own children and their own family someday," said Bradford.
Bradford also said these grants will give more children the chance to start on the right track.
"We have the chance to serve more children and the sooner we serve people the more transformation for the positive can happen in their lives."
The funds will also allow STEAM Academy to participate in On My Way Pre-K this year and provide additional training to teachers.
Forty seats will also be added to the 4-year-old program.