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The state is giving $4 million to public and private high schools to support extracurricular programs, the West Virginia Department of Education announced in a Friday news release.

Schools are getting $50 per student to support programs like sports, band and choir, the release said.

Kanawha County schools are receiving about $403,000 combined. Riverside is getting the most in the county, $64,000, which is $50 for each student it had last school year, while Charleston Catholic is getting the least, $13,000.

“These extracurricular activities are so important to our kids and our communities,” Gov. Jim Justice said in the release. “The pandemic has been an absolute punch to the stomach in a lot of ways, but I do not want losses this year to adversely affect these activities in the years to come.”

“We’ve worked very hard to provide a framework of support around all aspects of our education system,” state Schools Superintendent Clayton Burch said in the release. “This fund is a continuation of that support and it will be beneficial today and once the pandemic is in our rear-view mirrors. We greatly appreciate the governor’s support in this endeavor.”