For the past year, the Primero School District has been participating in the 21st Century Learning Grant program, designed to provide academic enrichment for students and community members during non-school hours. The program has proven to positively impact the district thus far, and services provided through the grant are continuing to develop during the 2019/2020 school year.
“Primero School received the 21st Century Learning Grant in the Spring of 2018. A collaboration between the Colorado Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Education, this grant is especially crucial for communities that lack extracurricular opportunities,” says Principal Blake Byall. “The three-year program, with the possibility of an additional two years to follow, is designed to promote after school, weekend, and off-season learning opportunities for students and community members living within the Primero School District.”
According to Byall, “The 2018-2019 school year witnessed the grant progressing through the planning and start-up stages and hitting its stride in the second semester. All told, 16 separate clubs and groups were created and instruction/activities were implemented. A majority of these were intended to service students who needed additional classroom exposure or reinforcement, but a large portion were recreational and/or community involvement events that are critical in creating positive school culture support. Summer school this past June was also made possible through funding by this grant.”
“As the 2019-2020 school year begins, we are hard at work in getting the 21st Century Grant up and running again,” Byall says. “Favorites like ‘Cooking With Parents,’ ‘Family Art Day,’ ‘Literacy Night,’ and ‘Sports Youth Development’ (Soccer, Wrestling, etc.) will all be back for a second go-around. Most of last year’s activities will be offered in a similar fashion, with additional courses and clubs coming on-line as sponsors and school administrators determine priorities and funding pathways.”
“Primero School is honored to serve our community, and increasingly desires a strong relationship with everyone residing in the region. We depend on your cooperation and assistance in making our schools the best they can be,” says Byall. “Our dedicated teaching and support staff, along with a motivated crew of volunteers, endeavors to create the finest education possible. With programs like the 21st Century Learning Grant and your help, these goals can be achieved.”