Indian River schools teaming with 4-H in federal grant partnership program

SUSSEX COUNTY – The Indian River School District is receiving $150,000 in federal grant funding through the Delaware Department of Education geared to provide students with academic enrichment.

The DOE announced this week it has awarded four new 21st Century Community Learning Center program grants under the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

University of Delaware Cooperative Extension 4-H at Indian River School District’s Phillip C. Showell Elementary School and Hickory Tree Center (also John M. Clayton Elementary School and Selbyville Middle School students) will implement programs covering substance abuse, violence prevention, healthy eating and physical activity, family diet and nutritional well-being and STEM programing.

It also includes tutoring, afterschool homework help, reading time, hands-on enrichment activities, state and county contests, and field trips, through collaborative partnerships with families, caregivers, school teachers, the Delaware State Housing Authority, and local law enforcement.

The 21st CCLC programs are designed to provide students with academic enrichment activities to improve the academic success of students from Title I schools. Schools are designated as Title I based on high percentage of students who come from low-income families.

Programs are partnerships between a school (or schools) and community partnerships.  Partnerships may design programs that support elementary, middle and/or high school students. Grantees must serve students who attend schools that are eligible as Title I schoolwide programs.

Sub-grantees must offer opportunities for families to actively and meaningfully engage in their children’s education.

The other three grant recipients are the 4-H Afterschool programs at Lake Forest South Elementary School and W. T. Chipman Middle School, both in the Lake Forest School District, and the Senator Success Program at Dover High School in Capital School District.

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