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NEMO schools get funding for teacher recruitment, retention

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EDINA, Mo. (WGEM) -- A new $50 million effort in Missouri to bring in and keep teachers will benefit northeast Missouri schools.

As a first-year biology teacher and a Knox County High School alum, Lauren Dale said it's nice to see the state allocating funds for education through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

"I mean we shape their lives. Sometimes we're around them if you coach, if you have kids in class you're around them just as must as their parents are during their sports season," Dale said.

Knox County 6th through 12th Grade Principal Alex Van Delft said the grant could help develop their Grow Your Own Program, which prepares students for a career in education.

"We would like to continue to grow is scholarships for students. If they do see that education is something they want to be part of moving forward maybe offering a scholarship, an annual thing for student who is interested and we can help support them along the way," Van Delft said.

Dale said giving students a taste of teaching now could help retain them later.

"It is a work that you have to enjoy and appreciate every day or else your not going to stick with it," Van Delft said.

"I think we see a lot of that with the teacher retention being so low, and teachers leaving the profession completely."

For a complete list of Missouri schools and how much funding they will receive, CLICK HERE.

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Jayda Hill

Jayda Hill is a Multimedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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