Lincoln County School District has been awarded a grant valued at $480,000 per year for the next 3 years to support the 21st Century Community Learning Centers. Years 4 and 5 will be grant supported at 75% of operating cost. The free after-school programs help students, who need extra support, to succeed academically, as well as socially.
The focus is on literacy, and working to ensure each student has an individual plan for success. The centers also provide science, technology, engineering, art and math curriculum in a safe, fun, and structured environment.
“We are thrilled to receive this news,” said Karen Shores, 21st Century Community Learning Center Program Director. The 21st Century grant funds 19 school-based staff positions, including four high school Cadets. With this new grant, the school district will be working with the Youth Development Coalition of Lincoln County to bring a reading coordinator to work with each site, as well as a family navigator to help families to access critical resources in the community.
Currently, there are seven sites (five school-based and two community partner sites) running throughout the county with 481 youth participating from July 2017-June 2018. The Lincoln County School District was one of 24 Oregon school districts awarded this competitive grant for the 2018-2023 period.