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Salisbury University Awarded CAMP Funding for Migrant Students

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SALISBURY, Md.- Salisbury University has announced it has received a five-year, $2.1 million College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) award from the Department of Education.

The school said Tuesday that the goal is retain some of the thousands of seasonal migrant farm workers that come to the area every year and who might be interested in teaching.

The Initializing Migrant/Minority/Marginalized Power through Opportunities and Widening Educational Representatives (I’M³ POWER) grant will assist first-year, full-time students who are engaged, or whose parents are engaged, in migrant and other seasonal farm work.

Drs. Amber Meyer, Claudia Burgess and Vincent Genareo of SU’s Early and Elementary Education Department applied for the grant, designed to enhance educational opportunities for those who qualify and aspire to be elementary or early childhood educators.

“With a national, state and local shortage of teachers, particularly those who are culturally and linguistically diverse, this grant will provide communities with highly qualified teachers who can impact all children in meaningful ways,” said Meyer.

Instruction for those receiving the CAMP scholarship will focus on "high-impact practices," STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) learning and teaching, and connections between school, culture and family.

“The campus community is excited to welcome CAMP scholars to a dynamic educational environment recognizing that they will enhance learning opportunities by sharing their perspectives, ideas and lived experiences in educational and social settings,” Burgess said.

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