A strong handshake between a congressman and an educator marked the official beginning to federal funding for Lowndes High School's Freshman Academy.
It's a new program that will use new methods of improving student performance.
Wes Taylor, LHS Principal, says, "It will help us fund after school programs, some tutoring, some remediation for students who need it. It will also help us provide a summer program and just enhance what we're doing with our Freshman Academy."
More than $400,000 will come directly to Lowndes High from the U.S. Department of Education as part of the national No Child Left Behind program.
Sanford Bishop, (D) Georgia, says, "That's what this program, that's what No Child Left Behind is designed to do, so we will have a better educated population, so America will always be able to compete in the world and have the best and brightest."
Three years, and officials say once it proves to be a success, it will be expanded to schools nationwide.
Wes Taylor adds, "Certainly there are higher standards now at Lowndes High, and we just think this is one more tool that and do that effectively."
U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop says, "I'm very proud we're one of three in the entire U.S. to have this distinction and this honor and the credit goes to the people here in Lowndes County."