Local after-school activity sites get learning center grants


Federal funds support after-school activities at 21st Century Community Learning Centers

MADISON — Students at 51 sites around the state are benefiting from afterschool activities that support their learning, funded by just over $4 million in federal 21st Century Community Learning Center (CLC) grants.

“Educational and enrichment activities in 21st Century Community Learning Centers extend the school day, helping students retain more of what they learn,” said State Superintendent Tony Evers in announcing the grants. “While the need for these activities far out-paces funding, the work of these centers makes a difference in students’ lives and supports efforts to prepare them for college and careers.”

Selected through a competitive grant process, the 51 funded sites were among a pool of 113 that requested $9.7 million in grant funds. These sites join the 154 existing 21st Century Community Learning Centers in sharing Wisconsin’s $16 million federal grant. The 21st Century CLC grant program is designed to improve student achievement, attendance, and behaviors by providing enriching activities for youth during out-of-school hours. In addition to academic support, 21st Century Community Learning Centers also provide adult family member activities that promote family engagement in their children’s education as well as adult learning and parental skill building.

According to the 2010-11 school year data, 48,938 students statewide each received about 14 hours of service per week through the CLC grant program. Of those served, 72 percent demonstrated significant improvement in academic achievement in mathematics, reading, or both. In addition, students demonstrated an improved commitment and engagement to school through increased attendance rates and classroom participation, and decreased behavioral problems. Research also shows that well designed after-school programs help reduce youth crime, rates of teen pregnancy, and other risky behaviors.

“The 21st Century Community Learning Center program provides quality services for students and their families and is a bridge between schools and communities,” Evers noted.

During the 2010-11 school year, 972 organizations worked with schools in support of afterschool programs, contributing more than $2.76 million in financial support and services. These partnerships provide valuable resources and opportunities for participants that are often inaccessible under ordinary circumstances.

The 21st Century Community Learning Center program is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Funding in the 2012-13 school year competition was awarded to proposed community learning centers that would serve schools that have at least 40 percent or more of enrolled students qualifying for free or reduced-price school lunches, based on family income. Schools identified for improvement under federal education laws received priority for grant awards. Continued funding for the 21st Century CLC grants is dependent on the federal budget.

21st Century Community Learning Center Grants

New Grants
*Arcadia School District Arcadia Elementary School, $100,000
Beloit School District Robinson Elementary School, $100,000
Boys and Girls Club of Barron County Barron High School, $100,000
*Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee Hadfield Elementary School (Waukesha), $100,000
*Brown Deer School District Dean Elementary School, $100,000
*Granton Area School District Granton Area Schools, $100,000
*Hillsboro School District Hillsboro Elementary School, $100,000
Janesville School District Lincoln Elementary School, $100,000
Madison Metropolitan School District Lindbergh Elementary School, $100,000 Allis Elementary School, $100,000
Manitowoc School District Washington Junior High School, $100,000
Merrill Area School District Jefferson Elementary School, $100,000
*Messmer High School, Milwaukee, $100,000
Milwaukee Public Schools Carson Academy, $100,000 Doerfler Elementary School, $100,000
Neenah Joint School District Wilson Elementary School, $100,000
Oshkosh Area School District Emmeline Cook Elementary School, $100,000
Racine Unified School District McKinley Middle School, $100,000
Sheboygan Area School District Central High School, $100,000
*Spooner Area School District Spooner Middle School, $100,000
*Urban Day School, Milwaukee 12th Street Campus, $100,000
*Viroqua Area School District Viroqua Elementary School, $100,000

**Second Cycle Grants
Fond du Lac School District Chegwin Elementary School, $75,000
Green Bay Area School District Danz Elementary School, $75,000 Sullivan Elementary School, $75,000
Janesville School District Jackson Elementary School, $75,000
Madison Metropolitan School District Glendale Elementary School, $75,000 Hawthorne Elementary School, $75,000
Menasha Joint School District Gegan Elementary School, $75,000
Menomonie Area School District River Heights Elementary School, $75,000
Milwaukee Public Schools Bethune Academy, $75,000 Browning Elementary School, $75,000 Clarke Street Elementary School, $75,000 81st Street Elementary School, $75,000 53rd Street Elementary School, $75,000 Greenfield Bilingual School, $75,000 Hopkins-Lloyd Elementary School, $75,000 Wedgewood Park International School, $75,000
Necedah Area School District Necedah Elementary School, $75,000

**Third Cycle Grants
Beloit School District Todd Elementary School, $50,000
Green Bay Area School District Howe Elementary School, $50,000
Kenosha Unified School District Frank Elementary School District, $50,000
Madison Metropolitan School District Lake View Elementary School, $50,000 Lincoln Elementary School, $50,000 Wright Middle School, $50,000
Milwaukee Public Schools North Division Charter High School, $50,000 Northwest Secondary School, $50,000 South Division High School, $50,000 Vieau Elementary School, $50,000 West Side Academy I,II, $50,000
Racine Unified School District Knapp Elementary School, $50,000

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