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Last month, the Oregon Department of Education announced that the North Clackamas School District will receive $484,499 “21st Century Learning Grants” to provide after-school and summer learning activities for students and families at Milwaukie High School, New Urban High School and Lot Whitcomb Elementary.

NCSD will receive nearly $500,000 over each of the next three years, with $363,000 and $242,000 coming in years four and five as the state ramps down funding to 75 and 50 percent.

Tiffany Shireman, NCSD’s newly hired assistant superintendant, looks forward to helping the district build these additional programs to extend students’ learning.

“Providing these extra learning opportunities is exciting,” Shireman said.

Along with community-based partner Metropolitan Family Service, the district is planning after-school programs at each of the high-poverty schools for four days per week for at least 12 hours per week. Each year of the grants, NCSD’s four-week summer programs will operate at least four hours per day, for a minimum of five days a week.

Through the grant funds starting Nov. 1, MFS will provide a full-time coordinator at each site and staff for the programs at each site, and NCSD will provide teachers to support student learning outside of the usual school day.

Priority activities planned for the three school sites include: academic enrichment, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) classes, Career and Technical Education (CTE) options for high schools, youth leadership training, recreation, parental involvement, and family education opportunities. Oregon has placed a particular emphasis on these types of programs through its Strategic Initiatives as it strives to better prepare students for higher education and the “world of work.”

“As we look at improving opportunities and outcomes for our students, we need to look beyond the regular school day to extended-day, after-school, summer and evening programs that can provide additional time and support to struggling learners, engage students in hands-on exploration, and enrich and enhance the learning experience,” said Deputy State Superintendent Rob Saxton.

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