Shiloh Hills and Boys & Girls Clubs of Spokane Country were awarded up to $1,500,000 over five years and will use the funds to partner in delivering robust summer school and after school programming, parent workshops and family activities.
“We were so excited to learn we had been chosen to receive this grant, it will allow us to continue to grow how we are serving the needs of our students and families,” Shiloh Hills Elementary Principal Lisa Horn said. “Partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs of Spokane County has been seamless, and with their experience running summer school and after school activities, we feel like it is the perfect fit. This grant is going to allow us to expand what we are doing and really meet our students and families in new ways.”
Grant funds will be used to develop a number of programs for eligible Shiloh Hills K-5 students, starting in July with a seven-week full-day summer school followed by after school programming in the fall. SOAR (Shiloh Opportunity AdventuRes) will provide academic, social-emotional and enrichment activities, as well as transportation and meals, for students below grade level in math or reading or students with significant social-emotional needs. More than 70% of parents surveyed by Shiloh Hills responded with a desire to take part in summer school and/or after school opportunities.
“Since the Lisa Stiles-Gyllenhammer Boys & Girls Club first opened its doors in 2010, Shiloh Hills Elementary School has been the Club’s strongest partner with our work to impact deserving young lives,” BGCSC Executive Director Dick Hanlin said. “We are extremely excited for this opportunity not only to expand our work outside of the Club, but also to emphasize the importance of preserving and enriching our relationship with Shiloh for years and years to come.”
The funding will also help Shiloh Hills and BGCSC provide a series of workshops and classes for parents and family members on a range of parenting and education topics, as well as “family night”-style events that students and families can participate in together.
The Nita M. Lowey 21st CCLC program is authorized under Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education and chosen by the Washington OSPI, grant awards are up to five years, contingent upon federal funding. Programs must show progress in implementing the project goals and activities as approved in their original grant proposal. OSPI anticipates awarding approximately $5 million, to support implementation of Nita M. Lowey 21st CCLC programs in high-poverty, low-performing communities providing services consistent with the intent and purpose of the federal 21st CCLC statute and guidance.