Over the next five years, Savannah-Chatham Public Schools will receive $5.2 million to fund after-school programs. The funding comes from the Georgia Department of Education and will provide for 21st Century after school programs in 6 Savannah-Chatham schools. SCCPSS submitted grant proposals in partnership with the YMCA of Coastal Georgia.
Across the state of Georgia, 195 school districts and nonprofits competed for funding in the FY15 request for proposals. Only 79 applications were selected to receive funding with Savannah-Chatham Schools successfully receiving funding for 3 grants. The new 21st Century grants will provide after school programming for Butler Elementary, Juliette Low Elementary, Thunderbolt Elementary, East Broad Street K-8, DeRenne Middle and Groves High School.
The program supports the creation of centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities focused on extending the learning day for students who can benefit from added learning support and academic enrichment. The federally funded program provides funds to states, which in turn award programs where students will get help as they work to meet or exceed state and local standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math. The program offers students a broad array of enrichment activities that complement their regular academic programs, and offers literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children. In addition to providing after school support during the school year, the grants also provide the means for a four-week summer program for students.
Ten schools will continue to offer the after-school programs funded through previously awarded 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants. “We are very excited about the grant awards and the opportunity to continue to add after-school support,” said Project Director Aldric Dekle. “The extra hours of structured learning support throughout the year remains an extremely important addition to the substantial efforts of the district to ensure all students are successful.”