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Union County Public Schools’ 21st Century Community Learning Centers sport a new face for 2014-2015

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) after-school program in Union County Public Schools has been awarded a new federal grant for the next four years! Participating schools will collectively share $400,000 per year for the first two years, while receiving $320,000 and $240,000 consecutively in the third and fourth years of the grant. Grant money will support the program at four elementary and two middle schools to include: East, Rock Rest, Union, and Wingate elementary schools, along with East Union and Monroe middle schools.

The 21st CCLC is not new to the county, but it sports a new face with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEMS) activities defining the core focus of the after-school program. The goal of the new 21st CCLC program is to connect all student participation back to STEMS. For example, Union County 4-H leaders will share health lessons that connect to the science of healthy living, as well as to lessons on presentations and speeches that students will need to share their learning with adults in the community. Students will be able to join a clubs project of choice with links to community service. High school students from Monroe High will be invited to share technology skills with Technology Club students from Monroe Middle. Middle school students will then pledge community service in helping senior citizens with technology: a circle of learning and service.

Active Clubs Participation, Community Awareness and Service, focus on areas of STEMS that can foster interest in education and careers for the future all serve to emphasize how students can change themselves and their communities for the better. In small and collective steps, the leaders and teachers in the 21st CCLC will emphasize that students are powerful and can become agents of change for the better.

Finally, the 21st CCLC includes a new summer session in 2015 to continue hands on STEM activities—and the idea that students can make an impact for positive change—beginning with themselves and touching others.

Written by: Marie Brickman, 21st CCLC Program Director
Posted: Aug 14, 2014 by Meghan Jarrell

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