Last week South Hancock Elementary issued a press release announcing it planned to apply for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant. If approved, the grant allows the school to expand its current after school program. The school plans to ask for a total of $480,000, which is allocated over a five-year period.
“It is going to provide enrichment and academic support,” Family Resource Director Kim Mitchell said. “It will allow more students to attend.” The school needs to turn in the grant application by December 10, and the school needs help from the community. As part of the grant process, the school needs pledges of support from the community, not in dollars, but in time. Mitchell said they need community members to help teach some of the classes being offered in the after school program. As an example, Mitchell mentioned the Hancock County Chamber of Commerce offered to teach a class on how to start a business. Mitchell said Independence Bank volunteered to teach a class on budgeting.
“It is not just for kids,” Mitchell said. “The programming is for adults and kids. If they would like to be a part of it, give us a call and we will be glad to add them.”
Mitchell said volunteers need to call her, South Hancock elementary School Principal Jennifer Howe or after school coordinator Dee Carter. The number is 270.927.6762.
The grant allows the school to expand the existing after school program to include more services and enrichment activities. Some of the enrichment activities offered by the school include a sewing club, physical activities and even a robotics class. The after school program helps with academics as well as other needs in the community.
“One of the things we do is offer tutoring where needed,” Mitchell said. “We offer homework assistance to help kids get their homework done on time. We also provide childcare for a community that does not have childcare (options), and they are able to get a meal every day from our food service.”
In the press release from the school, South Hancock asked for the community’s input for ideas on how activities to include in the after school program. To provide input, email principal Jennifer Howe email: [email protected] If the school gets the grant, they must have a plan in place to launch the expanded after school program July 1 of 2021.
By Ralph Dickerson