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 in fiscal year 2017.
Foundations for Success
Students need space to learn. And in fiscal year 2017, 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. In fiscal year 2017, 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. In fiscal year 2017, 49,941 students received grants.
Providing for Schools’ Needs
It takes a team to make a school work. In fiscal year 2017 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.