The Socorro Independent School District has been awarded a $1.4 million 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant from the Texas Education Agency.
The grant will allow the district to enhance its afterschool and summer academic enrichment programs providing students an additional safe learning opportunity while school is not in session.
The federally funded program, also called Texas Afterschool Centers on Education or Texas ACE, will provide students in grades K-12 additional opportunities to access programs and activities that reinforce the regular academic program. It will help students meet state and local standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math.
Team SISD is one of 51 entities in the state to earn the grant and the only school district in the region to be eligible for four years of grant funding.
The grant will be used to implement the Texas ACE program at Campestre, H.D. Hilley, Hueco, Escontrias and Rojas elementary schools; Escontrias Early Childhood Center; Desert Wind and Ernesto Serna K-8 schools; and Salvador H. Sanchez and Socorro middle schools.
“We are grateful to have been awarded the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, which will enable us to continue our efforts to ensure every student succeeds,” said Superintendent José Espinoza, Ed.D. “The additional learning time and support will have a positive impact on our students, helping them become effective communicators, providing them experiences to collaborate with their peers on projects, and developing their creative and critical thinking skills.”
Through the Texas ACE program, SISD will offer 15 additional hours of literacy, science, technology, engineering, arts and math courses weekly during the school year. In the summer, additional services will be offered four hours daily, for six weeks.
The funding will start August 1, 2018 and will run through July 2021. To learn more about Texas ACE, visit the TEA website or click here.