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Grant-funded session gives students a summer boost
by Tribune Staff
Jul 10, 2011 | 1307 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — Hundreds of students in the Washoe County School District will return to school this summer thanks to a federal grant being used to offer summer after-school programs.

The district received a grant for more than $200,000 to offer the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Summer Session Programs at 12 elementary and four middle school sites.

Denise Benson, director of the 21st CCLC/TEAM UP after-school program, said the grant will allow a rare opportunity for students and families.

“The program will provide students additional learning time to assist in closing the achievement gap in reading and math skills during the summer months,” she said. “Students will also be able to zoom ahead with a variety of enrichment activities keeping them engaged and motivated throughout the summer months.”

Only current TEAM UP after-school programs were eligible to apply for the grant, which provides money for two and a half hours of academic instruction in reading, math or writing provided by a certified teacher. An additional one and a half hours will be focused on enrichment opportunities such as art, drama, physical fitness, art history, computer technology, community service, geo-caching, cooking, bike building and health and nutrition.

STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities also will be provided at various sites throughout the district.

Schedules vary by school site, but Sun Valley and Smithridge elementary schools started implementing the summer sessions last week. Smithridge TEAM UP Site

Students currently enrolled in the schools can attend the summer program. For more information, contact Denise Benson at 333-6038 or
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