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ECHOES 21st Century Community Learning Centers

- After School Program

 The Brooks County School System has been awarded a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant for Brooks County High School, Superintendent Debra Folsom has announced. The 21st CCLC program is a federal grant that provides out-of-school hours instruction for students in the areas of test preparation, homework help, credit recovery, and tutoring. The grant also provides enrichment activities such as Art, Drama, and Recreation. Regular family meetings are held to involve parents and other adults with the students’ learning process.

 For the past four years, students at Quitman Elementary, North Brooks Elementary, and Brooks County Middle School have benefited from 21st CCLC funds in both after school and summer settings. The current program, known as ECHOES (Every Child Has the Opportunity to Excel and Succeed), employs certified teachers and other school system staff members to provide instruction for students. The current grant will run out in June of 2011.

The new grant to serve BCHS students allows for up to 95 students to be served in the after school hours. Approximately eight staff members will be hired to work with the students after school and will be paid from grant funds. There will also be a morning tutorial program and a three-week summer program. Students may be recommended by day teachers for the program, and parent requests are also considered, according to Janie Jones, current Program Director. The new grant will be in effect for three years.

“This is great news for our high school,” said Mrs. Jones. “Students will be able to receive concentrated help in areas such as credit recovery and preparing for the Georgia High School Graduation test or End-of-Course tests.”

The program is of no cost to families and provides a nutritious snack and bus transportation to assigned points in the city and county. Anyone interested in more information about the BCHS 21st CCLC program or the existing ECHOES program may call Janie Jones at the Board of Education office at 263-7531 ext. 2007.


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