YAKIMA, WA.--Seven out of 38 school district applicants across the state received money for teacher training, and Yakima made the cut.
It's called a BEST grant, and it helps pay for mentoring beginning teachers and keeping track of their growth.
The Yakima School District received $169,000 out of the $800,000 shared between the seven school districts.
The state superintendent said research shows that teachers quit within the first three years of being on the job, but having an advisor to work side by side in the classroom can help minimize teachers leaving.
The Yakima School District said supporting teachers can only benefit students.
"The better they become at what they do, the more the student is going to learn," said Cece Mahre, the Associate Superintendent for the Yakima School District. "So the student ultimately benefits, which is why there's so much attention paid to making sure we have good, effective instructors in front of our kids."
The Yakima School District received the second largest amount of money, only behind Kent. Nearly 400 teachers across the state will be given support through the BEST grants, and the state superintendent said this affects more than 35,000 students.