Kilby Elementary School receives $200,000 per year grant
Posted on 09/18/2018
The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has awarded a $200,000 per year grant to Kilby Elementary School through the 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) program. Kilby is one of 29 schools statewide receiving the grant.

The grant is renewable annually, for up to three years. Kilby was previously awarded a 21st CCLC grant in 2015, and received funds totaling $592,443 through Summer 2018. AlphaBEST, the company PWCS contracts with to provide students with school-age child care, was Kilby’s original co-applicant during its first three-year award. AlphaBEST is continuing the partnership with Kilby, providing key enrichment for students in its after-school program.

According to Sarah Plumitallo, 21st CCLC grant writer and site coordinator at Kilby, the Tiger21 program established through this grant will provide academic support and enrichment for students after school and during next summer. The program will serve at least 165 students and will focus on improvement in reading, math, and science, and provide enrichment in technology arts, fitness and wellness, arts, language and literacy.

“We’ve seen incredible gains in students who attend our after-school program, not only academically but socially as well,” she said. “We’ve also seen families become more involved in our school community, as well as with their children’s academic success.”

In addition to its academic and enrichment components, Tiger21 will provide evening family engagement events to support families with English language learners, technology, and assisting their children academically at home. Tiger21 families will also take part in Saturday field trips throughout the year to locations like the Baltimore Aquarium and the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

“One of the most exciting aspects of Kilby’s 21st CCLC in the past has been the Saturday field trips,” Plumitallo said. “It’s wonderful to see students and their families engaged in learning at amazing locations. We are thrilled to be able to continue this program for the next three years.”

The extension of the school day to improve academic success is Positively PWCS.