Reedsburg, Wonewoc-Center, Adams-Friendship school districts were part of 55 sites in the state that were selected for the 21st Century Community Learning Center (CLC) grant. According to the Department of Public Instruction, the grant will help improve math and reading, allow schools to participate in academic enrichment programs, and develop their athletic and social skills through programming outside the school day.

“Community Learning Centers have a proven track record of supporting students and families and boosting academic achievement,” said State Superintendent Tony Evers. “Funding is targeted to schools with higher socioeconomic needs to help us close achievement gaps so all students are on track to graduate college and career ready.”

Sites receiving grants were selected from 122 applicants for competitive funding. Thirteen of the sites are first-time CLC grant recipients. The second- and third-year cycle grant recipients had previously held a five-year award and successfully competed for an additional five years of funding. These 55 CLC locations will receive $3.84 million for grant activities for five years and join the existing 189 continuing after-school program sites sharing a total of $16.4 million.

Community Learning Centers are designed to improve student achievement, attendance, and behavior by providing enriching activities for youth during out-of-school hours. Recipients can use funds to support before- and after-school, weekend, and summer activities. In addition to academic support, sites provide activities for adult family members that promote engagement in their children’s education and develop individual skills such as adult learning and parental skill building. Programs are often aligned with the day school activities to provide comprehensive learning. Students in the program also participate in recreation and a wide range of youth development offerings to provide experiences and opportunities that may not be available otherwise.

In addition to the quality services provided by the programs, Community Learning Centers are a bridge between schools and communities. More than 1,380 organizations worked with schools during the 2012-13 school year to support after-school programs and contributed more than $3.37 million in financial support and services. Funding in this most recent competition was awarded to programs that serve schools with at least 40 percent or more of enrolled students at or below the poverty level and a high percentage of students struggling academically.

Other grant recipients:

New Grants — $80,000

La Farge School District – La Farge Elementary School
Marshfield School District – Lincoln Elementary School
Wonewoc-Union Center School District – Wonewoc Center Elementary School

Second Cycle Grants — $75,000

Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton School District – Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton Elementary School
Reedsburg School District – Westside Elementary School

Third Cycle Grants — $50,000

Adams-Friendship Area School District – Adams-Friendship Elementary School
Wautoma Area School District – Riverview Elementary School