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NEWS RELEASES 2006-07 :: JUNE 14, 2007


The State Board of Education last week approved federal grants to support two programs for academically at-risk students and their parents in school districts across the state.

Grants totaling almost $100,000 will fund 21 st Century Community Learning Center summer programs. The 21st Century Community Learning Centers provide out-of-school enrichment opportunities to academically at-risk students in high-poverty, low-performing schools. They also offer literacy and other educational services to families of participating children.

Local districts receiving grants are:

  • Brunswick County - Students Achieving Success
  • Cumberland County - Trinity Christian School
  • Davidson County - First Foundations
  • Harnett County - Think Smart Outreach
  • Mecklenburg County - ACE
  • Moore County - Project Aberdeen Alive
  • Clinton City - SMMART
  • Wake County - Wake County Human Services and Sparc Idol Quest
  • Wayne County - Building Better Teens and Castles
  • Builder's Club

The Board also approved federal grants averaging approximately $135,000 to Even Start Family Literacy programs in 14 school districts. Some districts have received the grants in the past; others will be receiving them for the first time.

Even Start programs combine early childhood and adult education for families who qualify. The adult education component focuses on improving the parenting and literacy skills of parents who have dropped out of school and/or lack the literacy skills required to be successful at work.

Grant recipients are:

  • Continuation Funding – Asheboro City, Burke, Cumberland, Quality Charter/Forsyth, Greene, Lee, Richmond, Rutherford, and Washington counties
  • New funding – Ashe, Bertie, Caldwell, Craven and Lenoir

State Board of Education Chairman Howard Lee said, "These grants will keep North Carolina's at-risk students from falling behind. Approving them is critical to our goal of bridging the performance gap between students from lower-income families and other families."

For more information, please contact the NCDPI Communications division at 919.807.3450.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.