Boys & Girls Clubs receives 21st Century Grant from Department of Education

The Boys & Girls Clubs is pleased to announce it has received a $195,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Education. The Boys & Girls Clubs will use these funds to support the afterschool program for Kate Collins Middle School students at the Waynesboro Boys & Girls Club.

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers program supports the creation of opportunities for academic enrichment during non-school hours for children. The program helps students meet state and local standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and mathematics; offers students enrichment activities that complement regular academic programs; and offers literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.

“With this grant we will be able to provide enhanced programming to our members who attend Kate Collins Middle School. This funding will also allow us to leverage current community support to enhance our programming in other areas of the Club,” said Tyrell McElroy, executive director of the Club.

Virginia Department of Education funds, through a competitive process, projects that provide significant expanded learning opportunities for children and youth, and that will assist students to meet or exceed state and local standards in core academic subjects. This year, more than 110 agencies applied for funding, with only 38 receiving funding.

“We are obviously excited that the state recognized our efforts and awarded this grant,” said board member Tom Hardiman. “This will provide us with a solid financial base to build upon, and help us fulfill our mission to help young people, especially those most in need, realize their full potential.”

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