Congratulations to Kilby Elementary School, here in the Woodbridge District, for on being awarded a $200,000 per year Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) grant. Kilby is only one of 29 schools in Virginia receiving the grant.

The grant is renewable annually, for up to three years. Kilby was previously awarded a 21st CCLC grant in 2015, and received funds totaling $592,443 through summer 2018. AlphaBEST, the company PWCS contracts with to provide students with school-age child care, was Kilby’s co-applicant for both awards, providing key enrichment for students in the after-school program. Learn more about the programs supported through the grant:

Tiger21 Program

According to Sarah Plumitallo, 21st CCLC grant writer and site coordinator at Kilby, the Tiger21 program established through this grant will provide academic support and enrichment for students after school and next summer. The program will serve at least 165 students and will focus on improvement in reading, math, and science. It will also provide enrichment in technology arts, fitness and wellness, arts, language and literacy.

“We’ve seen incredible gains in students who attend our after-school program, not only academically but socially as well,” she said. “We’ve also seen families become more involved in our school community, as well as in their children’s academic success.”

Saturday Field Trips

In addition to its academic and enrichment components, Tiger21 will provide evening family engagement events to support families with English language learners, technology, and assisting their children academically at home. Tiger21 families will also take part in Saturday field trips throughout the year to locations like the Baltimore Aquarium and the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

“One of the most exciting aspects of Kilby’s 21st CCLC in the past has been the Saturday field trips,” Plumitallo said. “It’s wonderful to see students and their families engaged in learning at amazing locations. We are thrilled to be able to continue this program for the next three years.”

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