Local schools receive new grant for after school programs
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This summer Karnes City ISD was notified that they were selected to receive a 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Afterschool grant, well known in the schools as the ACE (Afterschool Centers on Education) program. This grant application included surrounding schools: Runge, Kenedy, Pettus, Pawnee and Stockdale. The purpose of ACE is to provide opportunities beyond the school day for academic enrichment, including tutorial services, youth development programs, career exploration as well as programming for family members. It is not the intent of this grant to serve every student in a school; students who are targeted for recruitment in this program must be students most in need of academic assistance. ACE strives to improve academics, attendance, behavior, promotion rates and college/career readiness. ACE offers a variety of before and after school services, programs, and activities that engage students and allow for more learning to take place in the day.

The 21st CCLC grant is a federally funded grant that is filtered through the Texas Education Agency (TEA). This grant is funded for a minimum of 3 years and a maximum of 5 years for each grant cycle. Afterschool programming has been in the communities for the past 10 years funded through 2 separate grant cycles. This past spring, Karnes City ISD in partnership with Runge, Kenedy, Pettus, Pawnee and Stockdale school districts submitted an application to TEA. This was a highly competitive grant; 151 applications were submitted and only 19 grants were awarded.

This new grant application had a few changes regarding the campuses served and programming as well. The ACE program will now serve students in Karnes City Roger E. Sides Elementary, Karnes City Junior High, Kenedy Elementary, Pawnee, Pettus Elementary, Pettus Junior High, Runge Elementary and Stockdale Elementary. This program is very academic focused and will target students that are most academically in need. Programming will continue to be available 1 hour before school, 2 hours after school and a summer program with a new 2 week jump start program before the beginning of the school year.

For more information about ACE on any student’s campus, please contact the ACE Site Coordinator listed below or the ACE Program Director Frances Ehrlich at (830) 780-2321 ext. 230. Karnes City Roger E. Sides Elementary: Michelle Kinney; Karnes City Junior High: Jessica Homeyer; Kenedy Elementary: Jody Brown; Pawnee: Leticia de Leon; Pettus Elementary: Lesley Lewallen; Pettus Junior High: Donna Stewart; Runge Elementary: Courtney Hodges; Stockdale Elementary: Bea Martinez; Family Engagement Specialist: Leticia Riojas.
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