Posted Date: 08/22/2018
DISTRICT NEWS RELEASE
FLORENCE ISD AWARDED
21st CENTURY COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTERS GRANT
Florence Independent School District, through partnership with Educational Service Center Region 13, has been awarded the Texas 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant from the Texas Education Agency. The grant program, Florence ISD Afterschool Centers on Education (ACE), offered through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative, will provide funding to operate an elementary center and a secondary center for before and after school programs and summer learning opportunities for students based on needs assessment data. The grant provides up to $130,000 per center each year for three years. The goals of the grant program are to improve academic performance, attendance, behavior, promotion rates and graduation rates specifically for the 21st Century Community Learning Center program participants at both the elementary and secondary sites. The grant strives to partner with community volunteers, county and city organizations, colleges, and business entities to offer extended educational opportunities for both participating students and their parents. The grant will provide academic support, such as tutorials, homework help, and test preparation, both before and after school, and other activities to increase academic performance for students who demonstrate academic need. Additionally, the grant will provide a broad array of services, programs, and high-interest enrichment activities such as leisure studies, STEM activities, nutrition and health education, arts and music, service learning, and youth development. College and career readiness opportunities are also supported through the grant with activities designed to reinforce and complement the academic program of participating students, including, but not limited to financial literacy, career readiness, and workforce partnerships. Families of participating students will have opportunity for active and meaningful engagement in their child’s education, including opportunities for literacy and related educational development. Activities and services will begin in September for students at both the elementary and secondary sites. Each center will operate on a TEA-approved schedule that provides a consistent and dependable schedule of weekly activities for participating students. Information concerning the Florence ISD Afterschool Centers on Education (ACE) Program as well as registration information will be located on the district and campus websites at http://www.florenceisd.net.