W.Va. to Host Four-state After-school Conference

August 24, 2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Motivational speaker Archie Talley, a former NBA player, Harlem Globetrotter and member of the West Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, will share secrets of his success at the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) regional conference.

Talley, who holds a master’s degree in education, stresses the importance of parents, teachers and positive role models in the lives of children. His “Ingredients of Life” include confidence, determination, hard work and sacrifice. He uses his athletic skills to promote the merits of good nutrition, physical fitness and avoiding alcohol, drugs and tobacco.

Centers from Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia will participate in the two-day conference slated for Sept. 15-17 at the Charleston Marriott Town Center. The 21st CCLCs are part of the only federal funding source dedicated exclusively to after-school programs. The conference, which rotates locations among the four states, will provide program directors and others opportunities to learn how to strengthen their programs and partnerships in more than 80 sessions.

“The after-school programs offered through the West Virginia Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers provide meaningful activities for our children in a safe and secure environment during the hours when many parents are working,” West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine said. "These programs are keeping kids safe, helping working families and inspiring children to learn. Research tells again and again that good after-school programs improve student achievement in the classroom. That’s exactly what these programs can do.”

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers help students, particularly in high poverty schools, who need help meeting standards in the core content areas such as reading, math and science. They also help families of these students who need literacy and related educational development.  
First lady Gayle Manchin, a member of the West Virginia Board of Education, will address conference attendees on Sept. 15. Other speakers include Jim Strawn and Chuck Stump, co-authors of the “Sad Mad Glad” book Series; and Jim Harris, founder of the Opportunities Consulting Services.

Those interested in attending can register online at http://wvde.state.wv.us/21stcclc/register2010.html.

For more information, call 304-558-7881, or contact the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.

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