HELENA, Mont. (AP) _ The U.S. Department of Education has awarded more than $330,000 to Lake County School District in Ronan, as part of a community grant program. The grant will fund the district's TRACKS program - Together Raising Attached, Caring, Kind Students. The program will serve nearly 1,500 students and another 1,250 adults at four school sites. The program goals include improving academic achievement, reducing unemployment, decreasing alcohol and drug abuse and others. The grant is part of the Education Department's 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, developed by Congress to award grants to rural and inner-city schools. The program seeks to help schools plan, implement or expand projects that benefit the educational and social needs of a community. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., announced the award June 12, saying the funding will allow Ronan to provide hundreds of children and adults with academic support.
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