Sussex Academy to Use $70,000 Grant from Discover Bank for After School Program


Georgetown, DE. Sussex Academy is pleased to announce that the school has been   awarded a $70,000.00 one-year grant to continue funding an after-school program that was initiated last year.

The program, Discover Your Potential, launched in September 2014, was funded through $67,600.00 grant from Discover Bank. Sussex Academy teachers provided tutoring in science, math, reading, writing, English and social studies to Sussex Academy students in need of academic support. The program ran for four afternoons per week throughout the 2014-2015 school year.

“We are so happy to maintain our relationship with Discover Bank and to be able to continue the Discover Your Potential program this year,” said Dr. Patricia Oliphant, Director of Curriculum and Instruction. “Ninety one percent of our students that participated last year saw an improvement in their grades.”

The 2015-2016 program started in September and will run four days per week through June. Students in need of academic support will be invited to attend. In addition to the grant paying for instructors, it also covers the cost of two buses to provide transportation for participants.

“Discover Bank was pleased to renew and increase the grant to Sussex Academy,” said Amy Walls assistant director of CRA at Discover Bank. “Last year, the Discover Your Potential program was so well attended that Sussex Academy had to add a third teacher to assist. This year, with the grant increase, all students in need of academic support will be able to participate and receive the help they need.”