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Denham seeks $15M for free tutoring effort

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POSTED August 28, 2014 1:03 a.m.

Normally it’s Carol Davis that has to visit Congressman Jeff Denham’s office to ask for money. 

But today, while Denham is on a swing through his district that will cap off with the unveiling of the new Stouffer Field in Ripon, the Turlock Republican will be making a stop at Give Every Child a Chance to both tour the facilities and talk with Davis about securing a federal grant that could net the non-profit millions. 

Denham – who is running against Turlock Democrat Michael Eggman for reelection this year – will tour some of the organization’s sites and talk to Davis about the “Investing in Innovation” grant that could provide upwards of $15 million to the operating budget and the thousands of kids that it serves on a daily basis. 

While the visit was something that past congressional representatives have done – Jerry McNerney made a similar stop when Manteca was part of his district – the i3 grant proposal that GECAC is applying for this upcoming calendar year could be a massive windfall for an entity that has had to rely more on grants in recent years now that the majority of government funding has either dried up or been slashed. 

The non-profit provides free tutoring services and after school programs to struggling students throughout the South County including Manteca, Ripon, Escalon, Lathrop, Weston Ranch, and Banta.

Denham’s visit will come during the after-school hours when GECAC students are being tutored by mentors at numerous sites. 

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