Congressman Paul Cook

Representing the 8th District of California
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Rep. Cook Announces Silver Valley Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Grant

Oct 11, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) announced that the Silver Valley Unified School District (SVUSD) is set to receive a $1.25 million grant from the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA). Cook had previously written a letter advocating for the grant. The Silver Valley Unified School District serves approximately 2,200 children in the High Desert.

DoDEA operates schools for military-connected children on military bases in the US and overseas. DoDEA’s annual grant program helps provide resources to military-connected local educational agencies (LEAs). Specifically, this grant will enhance and integrate technology in core curricular areas, improve educators’ professional development, support the social and emotional needs of military students, and encourage students to participate in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs.

Rep. Cook said, “I was pleased to learn that the DoDEA awarded the Silver Valley Unified School District this substantial grant. Many military children face challenges due to family deployments and transitions, and this grant will provide Silver Valley with the means to assist its students with these difficulties. It’s our duty to ensure that our servicemembers’ children receive the highest quality educational opportunities possible, and this grant will help to accomplish that goal.”

A member of the House Armed Services, Natural Resources, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.