Schools re­ceive grants for after-school pro­grams

The Covington News - - LOCAL - KAYLA ROBINS krobins@cov­news.com

One grant re­cently awarded to the school dis­trict will be big­ger and more in­clu­sive, and three more grants will be com­pletely new and even larger.

New­ton County School Sys­tem (NCSS) ac­cepted four grants to pro­vide op­er­a­tional ca­pa­bil­i­ties for the 21st Cen­tury Com­mu­nity Learn­ing Cen­ter (21st CCLC), to­tal­ing $1,497,392. The Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion pro­vided the grants.

In 2012, NCSS re­ceived a fed­eral grant to cre­ate after-school pro­grams for 250 stu­dents at Al­covy High, Cle­ments Mid­dle, Cousins, Mid­dle, Lib­erty Mid­dle and Vet­er­ans Memo­rial Mid­dle schools. One grant is a con­tin­u­a­tion of that fund­ing in the amount of $447,392. Three new grants were also awarded to ex­pand 21st CCLC ser­vices to 450 ad­di­tional stu­dents at New­ton High, East­side High, In­dian Creek Mid­dle, Fairview El­e­men­tary, Flint Hill El­e­men­tary, Mid­dle Ridge El­e­men­tary, Por­terdale El­e­men­tary and West New­ton El­e­men­tary schools and the Wash­ing­ton Street Com­mu­nity Cen­ter.

The pro­gram will ad­dress stu­dents’ needs based on data such as county growth rates, num­bers of eco­nom­i­cally dis­ad­van­taged stu­dents, Ge­or­gia Mile­stones and EOC scores, schools dis­ci­pline and ju­ve­nile court re­fer­rals and teen preg­nan­cies and STD rates.

The grant will pro­vide ad­di­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties for aca­demic en­rich­ment, re­me­di­a­tion and credit re­cov­ery, a safe place to spend after school hours, coun­sel­ing and in­struc­tion in life, work and study skills and op­por­tu­ni­ties for par­ents to be­come more in­volved in their chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion, ac­cord­ing to a memo to the Board of Ed­u­ca­tion from the su­per­in­ten­dent.

Photo cour­tesy of Metro Cre­ative Con­nec­tion

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