VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- It was a big day in Virginia Beach for aviation enthusiasts, and thousands of local school children.

At the Naval Air Station Oceana Air Show, the Beach School system received a $4 million grant from the Department of Defense. The money will be directed to STEM education.

Specifically, kids at at Cox, Kempsville, Landstown, Ocean Lakes and Princess Anne high schools, which will benefit from the grant.

This is particularly urgent to the military, because more than 30% of Beach high school students are directly connected to the military, which wants its children to have the best academic experience they can get.

"I think everybody here would agree it's important to provide a quality education to our military families and we're happy to have such great schools in Virginia Beach," said Oceana's commanding officer, Captain Rich Meadows.

"We're obviously thrilled for this opportunity for our schools," said Virginia Beach Superintendent Aaron Spence "This partnerships with the National Math and Science Initiative, the commitment on the part of the Department of Defense to support vigorous academic experiences for our kids in Virginia Beach. As you know, it's really important because we have so many military-connected children in our community and also in these schools this grant will support."

In fact, the school division says, there are nearly 21-hundred military dependents among the 95-hundred students enrolled at the five high schools that this new grant will supprt.