The Socorro Independent School District, in partnership with YWCA El Paso Del Norte Region, recently celebrated a succesful first year in the Texas Afterschool Centers on Education (ACE) program.
“We have partnered with YWCA to create a unique afterschool program that brings endless opportunities to our students and strengthens our community,” said Lucia Borrego, chief academic officer. “When we form community partnerships it benefits humanity as a whole.”
Texas ACE program provides more than 1,200 students in grades PreK-8 free Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) opportunities afterschool, during intersession, and summers.
SISD Superintendent José Espinoza, Ed.D., board members, and administrators, as well as Dr. Sylvia Acosta, CEO of YWCA, her board of directors, and leadership staff, celebrated the partnership with a special ceremony.
“We are so thankful for the strong partnership we have with SISD,” Acosta said.
“The program helps students access quality afterschool programs in a fun way. You can see the excitement in their eyes when they are learning, and now they’re talking about going to college, becoming scientists, and doing big things in their lives.”
Texas ACE is funded through an annual $1.5 million 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant from the Texas Education Agency.
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 more years of grant funding.
“This partnership has gone above and beyond for our kids,” said Alejandro Olvera, principal at Ernesto Serna School. “Our students are in a safe environment where they learn and have fun with their study groups. By the time their parents pick them up, they don’t want to go.
Texas ACE is offered 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.