Local student projects to improve education set for Friday unveiling

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Thirty student-led projects funded through the third annual Potential Project will be showcased Friday at Living Hope Neighborhood Church in Richmond.

The exhibition runs from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the church located at 2800 Rheem Ave.

Founded and organized by Pastor Dave Clark, The Potential Project supplies youth teams from West Contra Costa Unified schools with grants of up to $500 to develop creative solutions to improve their education.

Youth teams use the grants to develop ways to accomplish goals listed in school district’s Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), which aims to improve student outcomes.

Each year, the number of projects resulting from The Potential Project has grown. In the first year, 9 projects were funded. Last year, it was 20. This year, the 30 projects were awarded after a review of 66 student applications, Clark said.

Past projects include the purchase of play balls for physical activity at Peres Elementary, along with the purchase of technology for a room on campus used by parent organizers at the school.

We’re excited to see what the students have come up with this year.