(Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)
The $2,616 grant provided three new laptop Acer computers and printer.
Tim Bassing, GT sponsor at Manila, said the students encouraged him to try for the grant.
"I was a little nervous about the grant and I asked the students if they would like to help," Bassing said. "They encouraged me to try. MacKenzie Tate, Abbie Jolliff and Jadyn Moore did the research and helped write the grant."
The four page grant application included a history of the school and how the equipment would be used in the classroom. A follow-up will have to be submitted in April.
Bassing praised the students for their efforts.
The new computers will be used for research and will be kept in the GT room.
"The old computers we had in the room were really slow," Bassing said. "We are very appreciative to the Arkansas Securities Department for sponsoring the program. The new equipment will be put to very good use. We also appreciate the support and encouragement we get from our principal, Diane Wagner."
There are 44 students in the Gifted and Talented program in the fourth through the sixth grades.
"We are very proud of our GT program, sponsor and participants," Diane Wagner, middle school principal said.