VBCPS - Charting the Course
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Dr. Heather Allen
Date: 08/02/16 Phone: 757.263.1797
News Release No. 004 Fax: 757.263.1010
Email: heather.allen@vbschools.com

Lynnhaven Elementary School awarded 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant

Lynnhaven Elementary School has been awarded a 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). The school will use the federal grant funding, totaling $106,573, for programming designed to increase student achievement in literacy, math and science through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) activities and to increase parental engagement in the academic program.

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (Title IV, Part B) program encourages school divisions, community organizations, businesses, youth development agencies and arts and cultural organizations to work together to provide targeted resources to students and families in low-income neighborhoods. Three grant partners - Virginia Beach Public Library, Norfolk State University and CVB Links, Inc. - will support the learning center at Lynnhaven Elementary. CVB Links, Inc. members will serve as tutors and mentors to students. Norfolk State students studying education, science, math or engineering will serve as tutors and assist teachers with STEAM activity planning. The Windsor Woods Public Library will support parental engagement and education with training and workshops.

“The support this grant provides to allow Lynnhaven Elementary and our community partners to enrich and extend learning experiences for students is invaluable,” said Virginia Beach City Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence. “The emphasis on STEAM offers opportunities to incorporate real-world scenarios and hands-on learning that will further develop students’ problem-solving, collaboration and communication skills and support their achievement in the classroom and future careers. Additionally, we know family involvement is a critical piece to student success, and we look forward to engaging parents in the learning process as provided by the grant.”

Lynnhaven Elementary School was one of 33 Virginia schools and agencies awarded the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant for the 2016-17 school year. It is a three-year grant with the possibility of annual continuation of the award, which means the school has the potential to receive up to $319,700.

For more information about the grant program, visit the VDOE website.

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