Perry Local School District is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant from the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program. This federal grant will provide a total of $3 million dollars to be shared by Perry Elementary, Middle School, and High School. Each school will receive $200,000.00 per year, over the next five years, to create community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. The purpose of this program is to help students meet state and local standards in core academic subjects, to offer students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs, and to offer literacy and other resources to the families of participating children.
Authorized under Title IV, Part B, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, the program is designed to ensure student and family access to community resources and enrichment, to inspire students toward greatness and career pathways.
The Ohio Department of Education’s Office of Federal Programs supports 21st CCLC Grant’s out-of-school programs by partnering with schools and community-based organizations to close achievement gaps. These programs provide opportunities for student reading and math achievement, positive youth development, parent and family engagement, and community supports.
“To have a 5-year opportunity to implement high quality enrichment within after/before school programming to our K-12 students is a robust opportunity for Perry Local Schools,” explained Dr. Betty Jo Malchesky, Perry Schools’ Director of Curriculum and Instruction. “Our community partners are the finest to develop in our students, entrepreneurialism, strong thinkers and problem solvers, service learning and empathy, citizenship, and leaders. Outside financial revenue comes to Perry at a very important time for our community, as we strive to continue to provide world-class experiences for our students, yet remain fiscally responsible with every resource. Our passion and vision at Perry is to inspire a culture of personal excellence within our community, focused on engaging every student to reach their full potential and lead this world’s next generation.”