By Andra Bryan Stefanoni
PITTSBURG, Kan. —
Pittsburg Community Middle School has been awarded a $582,110 grant from the Kansas Department of Education for after-school learning and enrichment programs, as well as early-morning tutoring and breakfasts.
“It’s something we’d tried a couple times to get and this year we finally were successful,” said Principal Lonnie Moser, referring to the state’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant.
Starting in March, Moser said, the grant will be used to purchase equipment from Pitsco Education, for arts and crafts programs, recreation, healthy snacks and homework help. Approximately 60 students will be served, doubling the capacity of the current after-school program.
“We recognize that we have students who don’t have great places to go after school, or may be limited on activities they can participate in. They may be just hanging out somewhere,” Moser said. “This will provide them a safe, secure place to go with plenty of enrichment.”
The money also will provide for a before-school program, to include homework help and breakfast, for about 20 students.
The grant will run through June 30, 2017.
They money also will find a summer camp program at the middle school that will include recreation, career exploration, health and wellness, fun activities and academic-based instruction. Moser said it also will serve about 60 students.
Parents will receive information about enrolling their students in one or all of the programs next week during parent-teacher conferences, and in mailings from the school.
In January 2012, the Pittsburg School District received an $11,000 grant award from the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas to help fund enrichment programs at the four elementary schools.