Lake City school awarded grant for community learning center


Main Street Elementary School of Arts in Florence County School District Three has been awarded a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant, a four-year, $183,700 federal grant awarded through the South Carolina Department of Education, according to a news release.

The released said the “21st CCLC supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. The program helps students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math; offers students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and offers literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.”

“We are really thankful to be the recipient of the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant,” said Dr. Sharon Williams, principal of Main Street Elementary. “These monies will help us create an afterschool program where our students feel safe and want to show up, and where genuine learning occurs. Not only will this program allow us to provide additional academic enrichment opportunities, it will provide students with STEM and arts activities,” she added. “Most importantly, this program will help more of our students meet state academic standards.”

The purpose of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program is to create centers, according to the news release, that provide academic enrichment opportunities that support what is learned in the classroom. The programs are unique because they also provide an array of enrichment activities. Together, the centers show students the real world connection to what they learn in the classroom and how they can improve their communities.

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