Countryside Charleston schools secure after-school grants


The grants will provide after-school tutoring, STEM activities and recreational pursuits for approximately 100 pupils.   File photo

Underserved student populations in two elementary schools within South Carolina’s second-largest school district will have access to enrichment programs via funding from the 21stCentury Community Learning Centers Grant program starting in spring 2017.

For the next three and one-half years, the grants will provide after-school tutoring, STEM activities and recreational pursuits for approximately 100 pupils at St. James-Santee Elementary in McClellanville and Minnie Hughes Elementary in Hollywood.

"Our department is thrilled to receive this grant award," Jason Sakran, director of expanded learning for Charleston County School District (CCSD), said. “It helps us continue to build capacity and increase access to high quality after-school programming for more CCSD students.”

Targeting high-poverty and/or low-performing schools, the endowment will average $2,000 per student annually, totaling close to $700,000 overall.

"This award will be used as a bridge to work with the local community and will allow us to increase academic and enrichment opportunities for these students,” Ashley Peters, program officer for CCSD’s expanded learning program, said. “Our ultimate goal at the end of the day is to ensure college, career, and citizenship readiness for all of our students."

CCSD encompasses a diverse population along 1,000 square miles of South Carolina’s coastline, from urban to rural, with over 50,000 students.

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