The National Joint Powers Alliance funds mini-grants that allow AASA to support particular needs identified by its members.

Each year since 2012, NJPA has partnered with AASA on the Helping Kids Program, an urgent mini-grant. In 2016, 28 mini-grants awarded.

NJPA is the premier School Solutions Center partner of AASA.

The executive director of NJPA, Chad Coauette, announced the latest grant recipients on stage at the 2nd General Session of the AASA conference.

The AASA Helping Kids grants can be used for immediate needs that directly impact students. Grantees’ requests have ranged from access to clothes, boots, coats, dental care, transportation assistance, weekend “backpack” food programs and temporary housing stipends.

Recognized publicly were these recipients from each region of the AASA Governing Board:

Region 1: Spanaway, Wash., superintendent Thomas Seigel

Region 2: El Dorado, Kan., superintendent Sue Givens; Spring, Texas, superintendent, Rodney E. Watson; Taos, N.M., superintendent, Lillian Torrez.

Region 3: Crete, Neb., superintendent Mike Waters; and Ecorse, Mich., superintendent Thomas Parker

Region 4: Blue Island, Ill., superintendent Tina Halliman; East Dubuque, Ill., superintendent Tori Lindeman; and Grandview, Mo., superintendent Kenny Rodrequez

Region 5: Tuscumbia, Ala., superintendent Gale Satchel; and Lexington, N.C., superintendent Richard Kriesky

Region 6: Folsom, Pa., superintendent Lee Ann Wentzel

Region 7: Milford, Mass., superintendent Kevin McIntyre