Winthrop Rockefeller Elementary and Early Childhood Magnet School is vying to be a 21st Century Community Learning Center. Rockefeller Elementary has submitted a 21st Century Community Service Learning Center grant application.
Several Little Rock School District Schools are selected each year to apply for the grant. This year Rockefeller and Bale Elementary are applying for the grant.
As an A+ arts and enrichment school Rockefeller has a good chance of being awarded this opportunity. Programs awarded this grant will receive five years of funding. Funding can be as much as $150,000 for the first three years and then a decreased amount for the remaining two years.
The 21st Century Community Learning Center grant provides opportunities for academic enrichment, including providing tutorial services to help students meet State and local student performance standards in core academic subjects such as reading and mathematics. It offers students a broad array of additional services, programs, and activities such as youth development activities, drug and violence prevention counseling programs, art, music and recreation programs, and technology and character education programs that are designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program of participating students. It will also offer families of students served by community learning centers opportunities for literacy and related educational development.
The primary purpose of the Arkansas 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program is to establish or expand community learning centers that operate during non-school hours. The program must provide students with intensive academic enrichment opportunities along with other activities designed to complement the students regular academic program. Community learning centers must also offer literacy and related educational services to families of the targeted students.
The 21st Century Community Learning Center award would be great education and outreach boon for families residing in the Pettaway community as well as the greater Little Rock community at large.