KV Boys & Girls Club gets grant for learning support

GARDINER — The Boys & Girls Clubs of Kennebec Valley has been awarded the Maine Department of Education’s four-year 21st Century Community Learning Center grant in partnership with MSAD 11 and RSU 12.
The 21st CCLC program provides money for before-school, after-school and summer learning programs that focus on improving the academic performance of students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12.
“MSAD 11 is pleased to continue our collaboration with the Boys & Girls Club through the 21st Century Learning grant to support continued academic and social growth,” said Stated Angela Hardy, director of curriculum & instruction MSAD 11. “Aligning targeted after-school support with core instruction increases our student’s selperception and skills leading our youth to future success.”
The grant will provide money over the next four years to support the BGCKV programs, services and staff to assist students in grades three through eight, and improve their fall and spring test scores at the Gardiner and Chelsea clubhouses.
“The club has developed creative programs to engage these students in a fun way that will facilitate improvement academically without them feeling like they are doing more school work,” said Holly Jordan, CCLC program director.
Programming will include tutorial assistance specifically in reading/language arts and mathematics. Programming is geared around art and STEM enrichment, as well as, activities to improve health and wellness of students through nutrition, physical fitness, emotional and physical safety, social-emotional development and substance abuse prevention.
CEO Ingrid Stanchfield said, “This funding will support kids from MSAD 11, Chelsea and Windsor. Once school is back in session, we will be able to give kids extra academic support after school as well as provide fun enrichment programs.”
For more information on the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kennebec Valley, 14 Pray St., visit www.bgkcv.org.