It is always good news when kids working hard to achieve success are rewarded for their efforts.
Recently, the Imperial Valley received grant funds that will extend the life of one program for hard-working youth, and the county is going after another grant that would help youths with academic success achieve more.
The Southwest Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts in El Centro has received a state grant that will continue indefinitely. It means $42,000 for the remainder of this year, $71,000 next year and $81,000 in years to follow. According to program officials, the money will provide additional equipment, professional and curricular development and field trips.
It's an important grant on many levels. One important thing it tells local youth is that their efforts mean something. It tells the teens people care about their hard work and are paying attention. It is important that we receive money to help educate kids in the performing arts because it is a form of education that can open a young person's mind to new worlds.