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Northwoods Schools Receive Funding for After School Programs

18 Jul News

Several Northwoods schools are among those receiving funding to continue with after school activities.

The money comes as part of the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant program. Overall 30 new recipients join 77 existing sites in sharing $16 million.

Here in North Central Wisconsin, Park Falls Elementary, Rib Lake Elementary, Crescent Elementary in the Rhinelander District are first time recipients receiving $100,000 each. Schools entering the second phase receiving $75,000 include James Williams Middle School in Rhinelander. Third Cycle recipients in the area include Chequamegon Middle School and Washington Elementary in Merrill. The two schools will receiving $50,000.

The program seeks to improve student achievement, behavior and attendance by providing activities during out of school hours. While most activities are after school, groups can also offer programs in the morning and weekends.

Evaluation from the CLC program shows that nearly 40,000 students were served during the previous school year.

State Superintendent Tony Evers says, “Students who take advantage of CLC activities are more engaged in school. They have better classroom participation, fewer behavior problems, and show significant improvement in both math and reading.”