The Kuna School District received one of only fifteen 21st Century Learning Centers Grants awarded statewide. This 5-year grant is highly competitive and requires community partnerships and specific program development. Funding will be used to implement an after school program at Kuna Middle School beginning the fall of 2013.
This program has been developed by the KMS Principal, teachers and district administrators with the goal of providing our students with the advantages provided by extra hours to learn and grow in a safe constructive environment. Activities are designed to complement students’ regular academic programs and accelerate learning. Programs also provide students with social, cultural and recreational enrichment opportunities. These kinds of enrichment programs are consistent with research evidence showing not only the importance of constructive learning activities during the non-school hours, but a direct link to improved academic performance.
This grant will help support a program to run during the school year and provide a director position to accomplish the massive organizational tasks to make this an engaging, purposeful, smooth-running, first-of-its-kind enrichment opportunity in Kuna.
Kuna has never before applied or received a 21st Century Grant. One of the essential components of this grant was to collaborate with our community partners in developing and supporting the formulation, implementation and longevity of such a program. This 21st CCLC grant will play a critical role in the fulfillment of what has been a documented goal of the Kuna community and schools since 1999.