San Diego and Freer Independent School Districts were recently awarded the 21st Century Texas ACE Grant in a total amount of $1.1 million dollars.

The goal of this program is to foster each student's academic success by improving attendance, behavior and academics which will lead to grade level promotion, graduation and helping students be more prepared for college and the workplace.

According to Freer ISD Superintendent Conrad Cantu, the two districts will split the grant money and must report if they met attendance requirements. 

The program is free of charge to students from kinder to 12th grade. Parents will also have opportunities to improve their own knowledge and skills through monthly parent meetings and training opportunities.

The Texas ACE Program is a before and after school program that will offer tutoring assistance, homework help and other education enrichment activities.

Students registered in the program will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at the SDISD campuses.