Mansfield City Schools Secure After-School Programs Grant

  • 9/11/2018 7:38:48 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH - At Tuesday night's Board of Education meeting, Mansfield City Schools officials announced that they had secured a grant to help fund after-school programs through the Department of Education's 21st Century Community Learning Center program. The grant will cover several years of programs the school district introduces.

"For years one, two, and three, we get $200,000 each of those years," said Holly Christie, Director of Student Support Programs at Mansfield City Schools. "At year four, it dwindles off a little bit. They really want you to start sustaining on your own, so $150,000. Then, I think it goes down to $100,000 that final year. So, it's five years."

According to the US Department of Education's website, the program "helps students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects" by supplying school systems with additional funding for tutoring and other educational enrichment activities.

"It's quite substantial," Christie said. "We're doing some after-school clubs at the middle school, and getting help for our kids that need help with achievement in reading and math, social studies, and science. There are also opportunities to attend clubs that are career-tech driven. We're just really trying to pique the kids' interest in the career-tech track as well."

Christie also said the after-school programs also help students prepare for their high school years by meeting with teachers whose classes they will take in the near future.

"What's nice about it is that many of the teachers that are at the high school are starting clubs with the middle school students," Christie said. "They're getting to know these teachers already in middle school, so they're familiar with who they are and what they do."

The program will be a partnership between the Mansfield City Schools personnel and the North End Community Improvement Collaborative, which will mentor students under the Real Opportunities for Achievement and Readiness (ROAR) program.

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