By Jeff Noble, Staff Writer
Two 21st Century Community Learning Center grants from the Kentucky Department of Education are coming their way to the Corbin Independent Schools.
Together, the two grants total more than $550,000 over a five-year period.
Word of the Corbin schools being named the recipient of the grants came Monday in Frankfort, said Mark Daniels, the district’s Director of Instructional Services.
“’This is a great thing for the school district. We’ll be able to provide additional support and services for students and their families. Of the two grants, we’re getting a continuation grant as well as an expansion grant. Both grants will collectively affect all our schools,” he said Wednesday.
The continuation grant will provide out-of-school time programs to students in grades 7-12.
The expansion grant will provide additional out-of-school time services to students K-6.
Daniels noted making the two grants available serves a three-fold purpose.
First, it’s possible for all students in the Corbin school district to have access to quality afterschool and summer programs that are aimed at helping students reach proficiency in reading and mathematics.
Second, it helps the students to achieve college and career readiness.
And third, the grants help reduce the impact of non-cognitive factors that impede success.
The Corbin school district has a total of five 21st Century grant awards, with the addition of the two grants announced earlier this week.
According to a news release from the schools, a total of 1,174 students participated in the district’s afterschool and summer programs during the most recent academic year.
Daniels added the Corbin schools are recognized statewide and nationally for their afterschool and summer programs.
“We previously received an award from Johns Hopkins University, their Excellence in Summer Learning Award. And we were featured in Time magazine a few years ago in a national story about providing afterschool and summer programs,” he said.
Other previous awards and honors included Corbin Independent being named Kentucky’s Center of Excellence, and being featured on the U.S. Department of Education’s television show “Education News Parents Can Use.”
Daniels stated the district’s been involved in afterschool and summer programs since 1991. The 21st Century programs in the Corbin schools were among the first established in the nation, and have been in operation for more than 15 years.