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    DCR1 Receives 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant

    The Dallas County School District is proud to announce it has been awarded the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) grant. This is the third 21st CCLC grant the school district has received. The purpose of the of the 21st CCLC is to provide opportunities for communities to establish or expand activities in the community learning centers that provide academic enrichment, including providing tutorial services to help students, particularly student who attend low-performing schools, to meet the challenging State academic standards in at least math, reading, and science. A second purpose is to offer students a broad array of additional services, programs, and activities; and finally to offer families of students served by the community learning centers, opportunities for active and meaningful engagement in their children’s education including opportunities for literacy and related educational development.

    Contingent of federal funds allocation, the district will receive the grant for five years. The district will receive $400,000 each of the first three years and then funds are reduced in the fourth and fifth years of the grant.  The services will be free to families during the first year beginning October 21, 2019 and continuing through summer school, June 23, 2019. A small fee will be charged during the second and subsequent years to help sustain the programming during the fourth and fifth years. A sliding scale based on family income will also be utilized.

    The school district will expand its previous community centers programming by offering before school services from 6:45-7:45 a.m. at Mallory Elementary and Buffalo Prairie Middle School. Drop off for before school programming at the elementary will be at the east cafeteria door, while drop off for before school programming at the middle school will be at the east doors of the building. Student may be dropped off any time between 6:45-7:45 a.m. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities including creative play, homework help, art, music, and morning mile walking club. The Dallas County Area YMCA will again be providing Primetime programming after school through the grant at Mallory Elementary for grades K-4. Other exciting programming is planned for after school services, as well.

    Enrollment forms will be sent home with elementary students Wednesday, October 16 and will be available at the middle school office. Information and forms will also be emailed to parents of elementary and middle school students through the district mass communication system. No programming is planned at this time for high school students. Any student living in the school district is welcome to participate in the programming, including home school students. Programming information can be found on the bisonpride.org website. For more information, you may contact program director, Mrs. Jana Salaki via email, jana.salaki@bisonpride.org or by phone, 417-345-2350 ext. 1001.