Getting a Strong Start
Being ready to learn helps kids get the most out of school. The N.C. Pre-K program serves four-year-old children who are at risk of falling behind their peers as they prepare for kindergarten. Thanks to lottery funds, 14,509 children across the state were provided a free, academic pre-school experience last year.
Foundations for Success
Students need space to learn. And last year, local school districts received a total of $100 million in lottery funds for school construction and repair. This helps meet needs that otherwise would have to be paid for by alternative means such as property taxes. Local officials decide the best use of the construction funds they receive.
Learning for a Lifetime
Lottery funds provide scholarships based on financial need to help students attend a state university or community college. Last year, 27,875 students in our state received scholarships. A second way that the lottery helps make college affordable is through the UNC Need-Based Grant Program. Last year, 49,941 students received grants.
Providing for Schools’ Needs
It takes a team to make a school work. Last year more than $370 million in lottery funds were made available to support the operations of public and charter schools, including the costs of support staff such as office assistants, custodians and substitute teachers.