21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC), a federal grant initiative, recently identified five Charleston County School District (CCSD) schools as recipients of over $1.5 million in funding for afterschool enrichment programming options.
Typically, these grants target schools with underserved or low-performing student populations. In addition to providing academic support (such as reading and math assistance), the CCLC provides enrichment options for students as well as literacy and related educational services to their families.
“The 21st Century grants expand access to students that otherwise may lack the resources to participate in high-quality enrichment and academic-focused programs outside of school time,” CCSD’s Ralph Hayes, who oversees the expanded learning program, said. “The program allows students to continue to build on the foundation set during the school day by providing additional opportunities.”
Schools benefiting from the funds include E.B. Ellington Elementary School, Lambs Elementary School, North Charleston Elementary School, and Sanders-Clyde Creative Arts Elementary School, and Simmons-Pinckney Middle School.
The funding package expenditure is equivalent to approximately $1,500 to $2,000 per student annually for continuing and new grants, respectively. CCSD counts 13 schools participating with 21st CCLC, compared to 176 schools throughout South Carolina.
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