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For Immediate Release: Jan. 8, 2007
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228

Grants available to fund community learning centers



Schools and organizations that support youth education may apply for 21st Century Community Learning Center grants. Eight applicants could receive $50,000 to $100,000 per year for five years. The purpose of the grants is to strengthen programs that support student learning outside of regular school time.

Organizations chosen to receive the grants provide academic enrichment activities, which may include tutoring, help with homework, and hands-on learning. In addition, they provide services such as youth development activities, drug and violence prevention programs, counseling, recreation programs, or character education programs. They also must serve the families of eligible students by providing opportunities for literacy and related educational development.

In order to apply for this federal grant, applicants must serve school districts in which 40 percent or more of the students qualify for free and reduced meals. The center must be located in a public school or similarly accessible facility. Applicants may include schools as well as faith- or community-based organizations.

Applications are available on the Department of Education’s Web site at www.doe.sd.gov. Applications are due Feb. 23, 2007.

The 21st Century Community Learning Center program is a key component of the No Child Left Behind Act. The focus of the program is to provide expanded academic enrichment for children who attend high-poverty schools, including activities designed to help students meet local and state academic standards. It is administered under the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Academic Improvement and Teacher Quality Programs.

For more information, contact Sue Burgard at the South Dakota Department of Education, (605) 773-5238 or sue.burgard@state.sd.us.

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