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For Immediate Release: June 28, 2011
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228

Grant expands to include new after-school programs

Seven organizations will receive 21st Century Community Learning Center grants for the first time this year. Another four organizations at the end of their grant cycle had funding renewed. The grants provide funding for academic enrichment opportunities for students.

Grants range from $50,000 to $150,000 a year. While some of these funds go to schools, the grants must specifically support programs offered outside of school hours. Projects are funded for a period of five years based upon successful implementation and annual reviews.

The new recipients this year included:

• Andes Central School District

• Armour School District

• Boys and Girls Club of the Black Hills (Hill City, Hot Springs and Oelrichs)

• Eagle Butte School District

• Highway 18 Academic Alliance (Burke, Colome, Gregory and South Central Elementary)

• Wolsey-Wessington School District

• YMCA of Rapid City (Custer, Edgemont and Hermosa)

Those programs with renewed funding were:

• Chamberlain School District

• Jones County School District

• Three Rivers Special Services Cooperative – Parents as Teachers

• YMCA of Rapid City (South Park Elementary and North Middle School)

The 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 key components of 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.