Local After School programs to continue this coming year

With the school just around the corner, the 21st Century Learning Center is gearing up for another school year as well.

Gayle Brown, director of the local 21st Century Learning Center, confirmed Wednesday that Drew Central Middle School and Monticello Elementary School were awarded a $660,000 grant to spend over the next five years in their After School programs.

Cindy Hilburn, MES principal, said she is excited to offer the program at the elementary school for the first time.

The Monticello School Board hired Shelly Mullins to be the director of the elementary school’s program this year.

Brown said Mullins has five years experience in working in the program on some level, and she is excited to have her on board to guide.

Brown said the activities at MES include character education, technology labs, physical education, literacy help and homework help.

Drew Central Middle School’s grant was renewed to allow the school to offer enrichment as well as academic help to their students.

Rhonda Sanderlin will continue to serve in her role as director for middle school site. She was approved by the Drew Central School Board last week.

DCMS will expand it’s after school newspaper this year by involving the school’s EAST students to mentor the younger students and help them develop their writing skills. The grant will also provide a computer and software for the students to learn design techniques used in the newspaper industry.

In the past, Drew Central’s “Pirate Gazette” was published monthly.  Other after school activities offered to Drew Central’s middle school students will include book club, movie making, trivia team, glee club, digital photography, SODA club, archery, hunter’s education, Zumba and walking club.

Brown said Monticello Intermediate School and Middle School and Drew Central Elementary School are all in their third year of the grant cycle this year.

Mary Donaldson, MIS principal, said she is excited the school will be adding an archery program to the after school enrichment list. The program will be the second program under the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission umbrella. The archery program will compliment the school’s fishing club, which was wildly popular last year.

MMS will offer archery again this year as well as other enrichment programs.

They will continue to provide enrichment along with academic help this year.

Brown said Monticello High School and Drew Central High School. The high school after school program activities include tutoring, gardening,physical education, and ACT prep classes.

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