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      FIA receives $32,000 education grant

      The FIA is receiving a grant that will help them education Head Start children.

      The Flint Institute of Arts (FIA) announced that they have received a $32,000 grant from the PNC Foundation.

      The grant is for helping to enhance the education of preschoolers enrolled in the Genesee County Head Start program.

      This money, the FIA says, will let them provide direct services to 800 children, age 3 to 5.

      Activities that the grant will fund will help with reading, math, science, thinking and creative skills that are needed "to succeed in school and in life."

      "The mission of Flint Community Schools is consistent with PNC??s longstanding commitment to early childhood education,?? said Tim Salisbury, PNC regional president for Mid-Michigan, speaking on behalf of The PNC Foundation. ??PNC recognizes the critical role that access to high quality early childhood education plays in the lives of area children, their families and ultimately, our economy.?? ??The Flint Institute of Arts is the ideal place to provide an art-rich environment to support children??s creative development and improve school readiness of children from the ages of three to five,?? said Monique M. Desormeau, Flint Institute of Arts curator of education.