West Virginia Department of Education Gives Schools a Much Needed Financial "Shot in the Arm"

May 24, 2004

Charleston, W. Va. - The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) announced today that it has awarded 11 grants under the Federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program. The competitive grants, ranging from $79,000 to $500,000 went to local school systems, community-based and faith-based organizations to help establish or expand out-of-school activities taking place in communities in West Virginia.  

The main goal of the 21st CCLC program is to provide students with academic enrichment opportunities and support services to help them meet state and local standards in the core content areas. Also emphasized in these grants are partnerships among education, community and faith-based organizations to ensure that students are receiving the extra local community help they need.  

The “No Child Left Behind” Act transferred the administration of 21st CCLC funds to states in order to better coordinate efforts to raise student achievement by linking before-school, after-school, weekend and summer activities with what is occurring daily in the classroom. Previously, applicants sent proposals directly to the U.S. Department of Education as part of a national competition.  

The following applications were approved for fiscal year 2005 cycle of funding:  

RESA VII (Expansion) Clay County Schools (Expansion) The Boys & Girls Club & Bob Burdette Center, Inc. Monongalia County Schools Calhoun County Schools Preston County Schools The Boys & Girls Club of Pleasants County, Inc. Partnership of African American Churches Lincoln County Schools Ohio County Schools Tucker County Schools  

Information regarding the WV 21st CCLC program and future 21st CCLC competitions will be posted on the 21st CCLC website at:http://21stcclc.k12.wv.us or may be obtained by emailing pgivens@access.k12.wv.us

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