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For Immediate Release: May 19, 2009
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228

After-school programs to receive funding

Nine more organizations will receive grants that provide special academic enrichment opportunities for students.

The 21st Century Community Learning Center Grants range from $50,000 to $150,000 a year. While some of these funds go to schools, the grants support programs offered outside of school hours.

“The programming provided by these new grantees, plus the 36 programs we already fund, helps provide meaningful and safe opportunities outside of regular school time to the young people in these areas,” said Sue Burgard, who oversees the 21st Century Community Learning Center program in South Dakota. “The Department of Education is pleased to be able to support these important efforts.”

21st Century Community Learning Centers provide a range of high-quality services that support student learning and development. Academic enrichment, tutoring and mentoring, homework help, music, arts, sports and cultural activities are supported by the grants. The learning centers also offer literacy and other educational services to families of participating children.

The program is authorized under Title IV, Part B, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The learning centers are intended to assist students from high-poverty and low-performing school areas.

A total of 42 schools, nonprofits groups and community organizations applied for grants. Projects are funded for a period of five years, based upon successful implementation and annual reviews.

This year’s grant recipients join 36 grant recipients already serving 60 sites across South Dakota.

2009 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant recipients

Enemy Swim Day School, Waubay

General Beadle Elementary, Rapid City

Knollwood Elementary, Rapid City

Three Rivers Cooperative, Martin

Multi-Cultural Center, Sioux Falls

Rapid City Club for Boys

TRIAD – Whittier and Axtell Park Middle Schools and YMCA, Sioux Falls

YMCA, Rapid City

Youth and Family Services, Rapid City


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