Afterschool and Summer Community Learning Centers in eight Wyoming communities, including Sheridan, were awarded nearly $1.12 million today through the federally-funded 21st Century Community Learning Centers program.
The grants are administered by the Wyoming Department of Education. Sheridan County's School District 2 is set to receive nearly $130,000.
Karen Bierhaus is the state education department's consultant for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program. She said: “Out-of-school time can expand a child's opportunities for authentic, project-based learning in high-interest academic content.”
So, the purpose of the learning centers program is to create or expand after school and summer community learning centers which provide academics and academic enrichment and youth development opportunities for students who attend schools that serve a high percentage of low-income families.
The grants can be renewed, yearly, for up to five years, from May 1 through April of next year, and are subject to availability of funds from the United States Department of Education and contingent on satisfactory annual performance of the sub-grantee.
The eight award recipients were selected through an extensive month-long peer review process from the submitted proposals.
All applicant programs are required to serve students who attend schools with at least 25 percent free and reduced lunch eligibility with additional priority given to programs that would serve students in Title I schools, schools with 40 percent or greater free and reduced lunch
eligibility, and schools not making adequate yearly progress.