Two school districts in Alaska are being awarded nearly half a million dollars each in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development through its Distance Learning and Telemedicine grant program, according to a release from the department.

The Hydaburg School District will receive $498,076. The money will be used to put video conferencing equipment in schools on three islands, linking them to central offices and Anchorage facilities. According to the USDA the network will benefit nearly 5,000 Alaskans.

The Yukon Flats School District will receive $498,723. The money will be used for an interactive video conferencing program focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related courses.

It will also be used for preventative mental health strategy training for teachers. The Yukon Flats School District covers six community schools: Arctic Village, Beaver, Chalkyitsik, Venetie, Fort Yukon and Circle schools. The project will benefit 1,158 people in the Yukon-Koyukuk Borough, the USDA says.

In all, $42.5 million in USDA Distance Learning and Telemedicine grants is being distributed in 37 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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