Federal grants helping Chesterfield County students

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Falling Creek and Harrowgate elementaries are the latest Chesterfield County schools to receive 21st-Century Community Learning Center grants

Grants for 21st-Century Community Learning Centers are making a difference in the lives of Chesterfield County Public Schools students living in the county’s poorest areas. Since 2004, the school system has received $7.9 million to provide targeted remediation and enrichment at 10 schools.

The Virginia Department of Education announced this year’s 21st-Century Community Learning Center grants on Aug. 17, and Chesterfield County Public Schools won two of the 35 competitive grants awarded in the state. The grants will provide before- and after-school programs during the school year, plus four weeks of summer programs, at Falling Creek Elementary and at Harrowgate Elementary.

The grants, which are funded with federal Title IV money, last for three years as long as schools follow grant guidelines. Four schools in Chesterfield County Public Schools received grants in 2014, so a total of six Chesterfield County schools will have 21st-Century Community Learning Centers in the 2015-16 school year.

“Students who need extra instruction and support in order to achieve academic success benefit immensely from the programs and partnerships generated from 21st-Century Community Learning Center grants,” said Donna Dalton, chief academic officer for Chesterfield County Public Schools. “The comprehensive programs developed at each school help our young people improve their academic skills, experience more of the community during field trips and make healthy decisions.”

Grants are awarded each year, and schools are eligible to re-apply when their three-year grants end. Within Chesterfield County Public Schools, Ettrick Elementary has won a total of three 21st-Century Community Learning Center grants and Falling Creek Elementary has won two.

 

 

Grants awarded in 2015

  • Falling Creek Elementary will receive $188,222 each year and Harrowgate Elementary will receive $187,882 each year to offer before- and after-school programs starting in October for 90-100 students in grades 2-5. Targeted instruction and remediation will focus particularly on reading and math. There will also be four weeks of summer enrichment. Partnering with both schools are the Chesterfield County Youth Planning and Development Department and the Teen Ambassadors of the Chesterfield County Mental Health Department.

 

Grants awarded in 2014

  • Bellwood Elementary was awarded $175,212 each year for the Bellwood Brain Boosters (B3), providing before- and after-school remediation and enrichment plus summer programs for 90-100 students in grades 3-5. Communities In Schools of Chesterfield, Fit4Kids and the Teen Ambassadors of the Chesterfield County Mental Health Department are Bellwood’s partners.
  • Ettrick Elementary was awarded $188,720 each year for AIM (Advancing Imaginative Minds), providing before- and after-school remediation and enrichment plus summer arts enrichment for 90-120 students in grades 2-5. Communities In Schools of Chesterfield, Virginia State University and the Teen Ambassadors of the Chesterfield County Mental Health Department are Ettrick’s partners in this program.
  • Marguerite Christian Elementary was awarded $166,690 each year for its PRIDE program, providing before- and after-school remediation and enrichment plus summer programs for 90-100 students in grades 3-5. The YMCA of Greater Richmond, Fit4Kids, Chester Presbyterian Church and the Teen Ambassadors of the Chesterfield County Mental Health Department are the school’s partners.
  • Falling Creek Middle was awarded $187,724 each year to provide academic, enrichment and recreational activities after school and in the summer for 90-100 students. Working in partnership with the school are the Science Museum of Virginia, MEGA Mentors, VCU’s Division of Community Engagement, First Touch Sports, Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation Department and Chesterfield County Mental Health Department.