September 25, 2008

Hampton, Newport News Schools Receive State Grants

Hampton and Newport News are among 38 school systems receiving grants from the Virginia Department of Education for 21st-century Community Learning Center programs. The programs provide tutoring assistance, enrichment activities and counseling for students and families in low-income communities with schools that have historically have had low achievement.

Programs are offered after school, during holidays, on weekends and during school breaks.

Hampton spokeswoman Ann Stephens said eight schools received continuing grants and five schools were awarded grants for the first time, bringing more than $885,000 to the district for its programs.

Among the continuing programs, Aberdeen and Tarrant elementary schools will share $198,266. Brian and Lee elementary schools will share $198,248. Lindsey Middle and Mallory, Wythe and Cooper elementary schools. will receive $199,925 between them.

Newport News has been using 21st-century grants for three after school programs and the latest grants will be used to keep those going.

Originally published by GRIMES; Daily Press.

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