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, 13,965 children across the state received a free, academic pre-school experience last year.
Students need space to learn. School systems use money raised by the lottery to help build and repair schools. 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.
College Scholarships and Grants
Money raised by the lottery helps make dreams of college become reality. Money raised by the lottery provide scholarships based on financial need to help students cover the costs of attending a state university or community college in North Carolina. Last year, 25,927 students received a lottery scholarship. A second way that the lottery helps make college affordable is through the UNC Need-Based Grant Program. Last year, 50,157 students received grants to attend a state university.
It takes a team to make a school work. Last year, more than $380 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.
Needs-Based School Construction
Beginning last year, legislators increased funding for school construction by adopting a new needs-based grant program. This new program, funded exclusively by lottery dollars, helps small, rural counties with critical building needs to build new schools. Last year, $30 million of money raised by the lottery helped four counties meet their school construction and repair needs.
Just like students need a place to learn, they also need a safe way to get to school. Money raised by the lottery helps cover costs for school-provided transportation, like bus drivers’ salaries, fuel, and other related costs. Last year, counties received over $43 million to help cover the cost of school transportation. Local officials decide the best use of the funds the county receives.