Knoxville (WVLT) - An East Tennessee based company is setting aside a half million dollars to help schools pay for items they desperately need.
Knoxville based Goody's is teaming up with movie star Ashley Judd for the "Goody's Good Deeds" program.
The clothing store is offering 50 grants, worth $10,000 each, to schools in the communities where Goody stores are located.
There are few restrictions on how the money can be used, however schools must make a compelling case to get a grant.
A portion of the proceeds from sales of the new Ashley Judd clothing line will also go to supporting the good deeds program. "Unfortunately, there are a lot of decreases in education funding in the country, teachers will go out of pocket. Even though it's one of the most poorly paid professions in the country, they'll spend $200 to $500 of their own money, just to meet those basic classroom needs, Goody's wants to help out and they are allowing me to participate in that."
To apply for the grants, a school representative needs to fill out an application and submit an essay.
The grants will be distributed to those schools who demonstrate the most compelling need, a executable plan, and a wise use of resources.
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