Geneva School District Gets $1.4 Million Grant

GENEVA (Thursday, June 24) – More than $1.4 million in state and federal money will help the Geneva City School District provide more after-school and summer programs to middle school and high school students over the next three years.Dr. Robert Young, Superintendent of Schools, said the grant will be “a tremendous benefit” to the school district.The district will receive $481,183 annually in 21st Century Community Learning Center funding for the period from July 2010 through June 2013.Young said the new grant award is based on the district’s 2009 application, which was not funded. Since then, the state Education Department received supplemental funds from the U.S. Department of Education, which made the grant to Geneva possible, Young explained.The school district received a 21st Century grant five years ago that focused on programs for elementary through middle school students. Now, Young explained, the district’s needs have changed and the latest grant will target help for middle school and high school students, especially those at risk of dropping out of school.“If you want to make a difference at the high school level, we have to work with the seventh and eighth grades, “said Young. “We have to get the train going”The 21st Century program will establish or expand activities that provide or promote:- Opportunities for academic enrichment in science, math, technology and engineering as well as homework assistance, tutoring, limited English proficiency and collaborative learning groups.- Positive youth development, including physical education, job readiness and career exploration, health and life skills clubs and arts and music clubs; and- A broad array of additional services, such as nutrition programs, college orientation, adult literacy and parenting education, economic self-sufficiency education, family home visits, drug and violence prevention counseling, art, music and recreation, character education and opportunities for literacy and related educational development to families of students.Young noted that the 21st Century programs will impact 334 students and 76 families and will take place at Geneva High and Middle Schools as well as the Boys and Girls Clubs across Carter Road from the high school. The programs will run for three hours a day, five days a week, during the school year. During the summer, the two schools will provide services for three hours a day, four days a week, for five weeks. The Boys and Girls Clubs will provide summer services for three hours a day, five days a week, for eight weeks.Besides the Boys and Girls Clubs, partners of the school district include Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County, Finger Lakes Community College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Geneva Reads.The 21st Century programs are aimed at school systems with challenges to overcome. The Geneva application noted that Geneva has the biggest concentration of poverty in Ontario County and the median household income in Geneva is nearly $13,000 lower than the county average of $31,600. Geneva has a poverty rate of 23.47%, an unemployment rate of 7.9%, and a drop-out rate of 24%, according to the grant application.Young commented that all these factors are addressed by positive activities offered through 21st Century programs and services.

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