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Two La Crosse schools will receive Community Learning Center grants

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La Crosse, WI (WXOW) - Two La Crosse schools will receive extra funding from the state this year. More than 50 schools across Wisconsin received grants that help with programs outside of the classroom.

The Community Learning Center grants will be used to pay for after-school, weekend, and summer activities.

Sites receiving grants were selected from 122 applicants for competitive funding. Thirteen of the sites are first-time clc grant recipients. The second- and third-year cycle grant recipients had previously held a five-year award and successfully competed for an additional five years of funding. These 55 clc locations will receive $3.84 million for grant activities for five years and join the existing 189 continuing after-school program sites sharing a total of $16.4 million.

Community learning centers are designed to improve student achievement, attendance, and behavior by providing enriching activities for youth during out-of-school hours. Recipients can use funds to support before- and after-school, weekend, and summer activities. In addition to academic support, sites provide activities for adult family members that promote engagement in their children's education and develop individual skills such as adult learning and parental skill building.

The North Woods International School received a grant of $75,000.  The Northside Elementary Schoolreceivedd a $50,000 grant. Both schools have received grants like this before.

Research shows that well designed after-school programs help reduce youth crime, rates of teen pregnancy, and other risky behaviors. They also assist parents in providing quality care for their children during non-school hours.

In addition to the quality services provided by the programs, community learning centers are a bridge between schools and communities. More than 1,380 organizations worked with schools during the 2012-13 school year to support after-school programs and contributed more than $3.37 million in financial support and services.

Funding in this most recent competition was awarded to programs that serve schools with at least 40 percent or more of enrolled students at or below the poverty level and a high percentage of students struggling academically.

“Community learning centers have a proven track record of supporting students and families and boosting academic achievement,” said State Superintendent Tony Evers. “Funding is targeted to schools with higher socioeconomic needs to help us close achievement gaps so all students are on track to graduate college and career ready.”

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