WASHINGTON, D.C. Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) today announced that the Buena Regional School District has been selected to receive funding under the Teaching American History Grants Program through the U.S. Department of Education. Over a three year period, the school district will receive $499,998 in federal funding. The grant will be used to raise student achievement by improving teachers? knowledge, understanding, and appreciation for American history through intensive, ongoing professional development.

?This is great news for teachers and students in the Buena Regional School District,? said Congressman LoBiondo. ?The Teaching American History Program rightly emphases the importance of understanding our nation?s history by allowing teachers to gain a deeper knowledge and, in turn, share it with their students.?

?It is good news for the community,? said Buena Vista Mayor Chuck Chiarello. ?My gut reaction is that every bit of help that rural communities like Buena and Buena Vista can receive is a helping hand. The Congressman?s continued support is much needed and very appreciated.?

?This is fantastic news from the school district and the community at large. This federal grant will help improve teacher instruction and student achievement in the area of U.S. History and this comes at a very apropos time when the school district is enhancing and revitalizing the entire department,? said Buena Borough Mayor Joseph Baruffi. ?Hat?s off to Congressman LoBiondo for supporting this initiative.?

Additional multi-year grants from this program were awarded in June 2007 to the Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District ($493,215), in June 2006 to the Millville Public School System ($472,673) and in September 2005 to the Delsea Regional School District ($999,825) and the Pennsville School District ($497,945).

The Teaching American History Grants Program awards grants for up to three years to school districts to implement research-based methods for improving the quality of instruction, professional development and teacher education in American history. The grant program was reauthorized by the ?No Child Left Behind? Act.

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