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Grants Awarded to Improve Student Performance, Support Community Learning

Sen. Jim Brewster announced that several local schools will receive funding through the 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) program.

Students“Enriching and enhancing the education of our students is a priority for both our schools and the community,” said Brewster. “These grants will assist local schools in finding creative ways to help students meet their academic potential, in addition to offering educational services to families.”

The CCLC program grants support the implementation of community learning centers that operate during non-school hours.  The funding is earmarked for students who attend high-poverty and low performing Title I schools.

The academic programs created with the funding aim to improve student performance in core academic subjects, primarily reading, math and science.

The programs implemented by the grants also serve the community by offering wellness, literacy, and career education.

Local grantees include:

  • The Boys & Girls Club of Western Pennsylvania at McKeesport Area High School - $60,160;
  • McKeesport Area School District at Francis McClure School - $105,000;
  • Propel Charter School at Braddock Hill Elementary, McKeesport Elementary, Hazelwood Elementary, and Pitcairn Elementary - $400,000

“While improving academic performance of students is key, the remarkable part of these grants is how they inspire community-based education as well,” said Brewster. “Providing access to educational services beyond school hours, to adults and students alike, is a great way to instill and grow a love of learning throughout the community.”

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