The Bureau Henry Stark Regional Office of Education has been awarded a federal 21st Century Community Learning Center grant to provide extended day programming and extended year programming for area students.
Angie Zarvell, superintendent of the Bureau Henry Stark Regional Office of Education, said the federal grant award provides a total of $999,520 in the first year of the five-year grant. The grant will allow for the creation of eight full-time site coordinators and other new positions as programs at each school are established. Hopefully, site coordinators and some programming plans will be in place by mid-January, Zarvell said.
Schools which will benefit from the grant include Bureau Valley South in Buda, LaMoille’s Allen Junior High and High School, Central Junior High School in Kewanee, Wethersfield Junior High and Senior High in Kewanee, Colona Grade School and Galva Elementary, Junior High and Senior High. The amount of grant money for each district will be dependent upon the established programs and also shared programming between districts, Zarvell said.
All the school centers funded through the grant will have a different look to them, being customized to the culture in which they operate, Zarvell said. The goal is to meet the needs within the community and for students, parents and community members to find a new connection with their school, she said.
Examples of how the grant could be used is the establishment of a wide variety of clubs and activities, such as theater groups or science clubs, which students and communities might not otherwise be able to put into place, Zarvell said.
The local ROE has been funded every year in which the application process has been released by the federal government since 2002, Zarvell said.
“The Regional Office of Education has a long history of providing successful, high-quality academic, artistic and cultural enrichment opportunities to students and their families,” Zarvell said. “We look forward to continuing this tradition in partnership with these schools and community organizations.”
During each of the five years of the grant program, there will be an annual continuation application as well as an evaluation report application which will need to be submitted to the state and federal government, Zarvell said.
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