Volume 52, Number 4

ten pages

Byrdstown, Tennessee 38549 -- Thursday, January 22, 2015

Pickett County Schools receive 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant

Governor Phil Bredesen,
Senator Charlotte Burks,
Representative Les Winningham
and Education Commissioner
Timothy Webb this
week announced a $50,000
federal 21st Century Community
Learning Center grant
for Pickett County Schools.
The program seeks to raise
achievement levels of low-income
students and students
attending underperforming
schools through researchbased
enrichment programs
operated outside the school
day.
“We’ve made a serious commitment
to our students by
raising our standards through
the Tennessee Diploma Project
and these grants help support
our efforts to see that all
students graduate ready for
college and the workforce,”
Gov. Bredesen said.
Forty-five school systems
and community organizations
received grants to open 21st
Century community sites
across the state.
Grantees can help students
improve through a variety of
ways including remedial education,
tutoring and mentoring
programs, recreational
activities, and technology programs.
“Partnerships like these
help us meet the needs of our
students most at risk and
these grants are even more invaluable
as we transition this
year to new state standards
with the Tennessee Diploma
Project,” Sen. Burks said.
“These programs support
our mission of graduating
every child college- and career-
ready,” Rep. Winningham
said.
“It’s important now more
than ever that we provide this
support to our most at-risk
students to ensure their academic
success.”
Pickett County Schools will
receive funding for the next
three years with the opportunity
for a two-year extension
if the program demonstrates
adequate student progress.
For more information, contact
Rachel Woods at (615)
253-1960 or Rachel.Woods
@tn.gov.

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