21st Century Community Learning Center grantees announced

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21st Century Community Learning Center grantees announced

OKLAHOMA CITY (Oct. 5, 2015) — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister recently approved awarding almost $3 million in 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) grants to 13 recipients in Oklahoma for a five -year period beginning with the 2015-2016 school year. 

“Academic success does not begin and end in the classroom. I am inspired when I see so many opportunities to keep learning going when school is not in session for students who otherwise wouldn’t have access. The school districts and community groups that applied for grants showed great creativity, collaboration and dedication in their efforts to help Oklahoma’s schoolchildren. I offer my congratulations to the grant recipients,” Hofmeister said.

The 21st CCLC initiative provides learning opportunities and enrichment activities to complement the regular academic program of students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. It offers assistance to students in meeting state and local academic performance standards when school is not in session, particularly in high-poverty areas and low-performing schools. This may take place before and after school, on summer breaks and during school holidays.

The learning centers offer additional services such as youth development, drug and violence prevention, art and music, informal science learning and service learning, as well as character, physical and wellness education. Literacy training and related educational development for the families of students served by the community learning centers is also offered.

There were 57 grant applicants in Oklahoma this year. With the 13 new grants, there are now 59 grantees in the state. Fifty peer reviewers read and scored grant applications for the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

Here are the new grantees and the amounts awarded:

  • Cache Public Schools: $160,435
  • Crescent Public Schools: $297,387
  • Hulbert Public Schools: $247,636
  • Idabel Public Schools: $195,000
  • Keota Public Schools: $191,218
  • Kingfisher Public Schools: $296,450
  • Minco Public Schools: $166,085
  • Muskogee Public Schools: $155,451
  • Sand Springs Public Schools: $300,000
  • Stilwell Public Schools: $221,554
  • Westville Public Schools: $245,621
  • Whitefield Public School: $214,327
  • Youth at Heart (Tulsa): $214,928

The 21st CCLC initiative is authorized under Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.