The Kentucky Department of Education has awarded McCracken County Public Schools a combined $1.96 million in continued grant funding for their 21st Century before and after school programs.
Hendron Lone Oak Elementary, Reidland Intermediate, and McCracken County High School will each receive $490,000 over the next five years to continue their 21st Century programs. Heath Elementary will also receive $490,000 over the same time period to restart its 21st Century program, which ran originally from 2013 to 2018.
21st Century provides academic, artistic and cultural enrichment for kids, targeting those who wouldn’t otherwise have access to such programs, or who are struggling in school. It’s entirely free for families, and includes before and after school tutoring, engaging clubs and activities, and an extra meal every day programming is in session.
Seven McCracken schools currently offer 21st Century:
= Hendron Lone Oak Elementary (5th year)
= Lone Oak Middle (3rd year)
= Reidland Elementary (2nd year)
= Reidland Intermediate (5th year)
= Reidland Middle (9th year)
= Heath Middle (4th year)
= McCracken County High School (5th year)
Heath Elementary will join the list starting in the 2020-21 school year.
Since Reidland Middle received its first 21st Century grant and began offering programming in 2011, McCracken’s 21st Century sites have been working hard to extend school day learning and give as many students as possible extra academic, social, and emotional support. This year alone, the district’s programs have provided that support for 1,877 students.
A few highlights include:
= Last year, students who attended the HMS program 30 days or more outperformed the school as a whole, especially low-income students. They did 50% better in math, and 25% better in reading.
= The same was true at HLOES, where regular attendees did 16% better in math, and 7% better in reading.
= RES’ 21st Century Summer Camp in 2019 focused on helping rising 3rd graders avoid a “summer slide” in reading, targeting students who struggled with reading the most. Students had an average GAIN of 13% in reading proficiency over the summer.