Osceola School District Receives $1.43 Million to Support Its 21st Century Community Learning Centers
- The Florida Department of Education has awarded the Osceola School District $1.43 million in 2015-2016 federal funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC). The total includes continuation grants for ten existing programs that provide opportunities for academic enrichment to help students, particularly those in high-poverty areas, meet state and local student performance standards in core academic subjects. The program's purpose is to provide safe environments during out-of-school hours for students, as they participate in a broad array of academic and personal enrichment opportunities and other activities that complement the regular academic curriculum. The centers provide a range of high-quality services to support student learning and development including: tutoring and mentoring; academic enrichment, such as homework assistance and project-based learning; character education; physical education/recreational activities; and dropout prevention. The program also engages adult family members through literacy and educational development opportunities.
Osceola’s SPIRIT (Students Participating In Recreation and Instruction Together) Program currently operates in 10 participating schools. The 21st CCLCs are located at the following sites:
Denn John Middle, Discovery Intermediate, Thacker Avenue Elementary School for International Studies, Parkway Middle, Boggy Creek Elementary, Central Avenue Elementary, Koa Elementary, Michigan Avenue Elementary, Narcoossee Elementary, and Narcoossee Middle. Michael Allen, Assistant Superintendent for Middle School Curriculum and Instruction, will lead a highly-qualified staff to provide effective before- and after-school programming. Additional program details are available on the website at: http://osceolaschools.net/parent_resources/21st_century_after-_school_program/.