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Grants Support MCPS After-School Programs

February 27, 2006
Two Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) programs have been awarded nearly $558,400 in after-school program grants by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) through the federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant Program.

The MCPS Extended Learning Opportunities program was awarded $318,000. The grant money will be used for art and recreational activities that are part of the Summer Adventures in Learning academic programs at 10 Title I elementary schools: Broad Acres, Burnt Mills, Gaithersburg, Harmony Hill, Highland, Kemp Mill, Rosemont, Summit Hall, Weller Road and Wheaton Woods.

Rockville High School was awarded $240,400 for its Strategies for Success Cybercafé program, which will offer help to incoming at-risk ninth graders. The three-pronged program seeks to assist students with literacy, character education, and community outreach through academic and enrichment activities. Parents of students also will be involved in the program.

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants provide services to children attending high-poverty schools or schools identified for improvement. Each grant proposal must offer opportunities for literacy and related educational development to families of participating students. There also is an emphasis on closing the achievement gap between students who receive free and reduced-price meals and students not receiving such assistance.

Thirty-six organizations statewide applied for grants. About $4.1 million in grant money was awarded to 16 applicants, including eight local school systems, one nonprofit community-based group, and one local management board.

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