REACH! Receives Community Learning Grant

HARDWICK – The REACH! afterschool and summer program is the recipient of the Agency of Education Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Grant.

This grant supports the continuation of summer programs and afterschool programs at Craftsbury, Hardwick, and Wolcott in addition to expanding afterschool programs to Lakeview and Woodbury Schools. The REACH! mission is to expand participants’ horizons through engaging activities focused on academic improvement, cultural opportunities and community health and well-being. REACH! has been funded in large part by the 21st Century Learning Grant since 2001.

This new grant period will support the organization’s ability to adapt to meet the needs of students, families, and schools. Additions to the program will include extended day learning lab options (at Craftsbury, Hardwick and Wolcott), increased linkages to the school day, increased partnerships, virtual options, early release day programming, and student choice.

The Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program has been funding high-quality after-school and summer learning programs since 1998. Poverty, opportunity gaps, and unmet academic need drive the program’s purpose. Vermont’s 21st CCLC program supports students’ learning and interests through diverse and engaging programming using multiple approaches and curricula. Programs are delivered through schools and community partnerships for grades K-12. Annually, approximately 12,100 youth and 5,700 regular attendees are served in 101 high needs communities across the state.