21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant is a federally-funded program administered by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to provide support to local school districts so they may create meaningful out of school time programming for at-risk students in grades K-12. The Gloucester Public School District (GPSD), in collaboration with the Gloucester Education Foundation (GEF), is currently applying for this funding for the 2014-2015 school year. This grant will provide support for out-of-school time programming at O’Maley Innovation Middle School.

The program that GPSD and GEF are proposing will focus on students in grades 6 through 8. It will begin in the fall of 2014 with the primary goal of providing out-of-school time programming that links with the school-day curriculum. Students will be able to choose from a range of academic offerings, all of which have strong hand-on activities involving them in learning in nontraditional ways.

Through the 21st Century Community Learning Center, students will also have access to a structured homework help program, on-site counseling services, nutrition services and physical fitness activities. Students will also be expected to develop and complete a service learning program aimed at solving a community problem that they themselves define. Finally, a key component of the program will be a parent program to engage families in the school environment and their children’s learning