Poudre School District was recently named a recipient of a federal 21st Century Learning Center Program grant totaling $1,841,653, awarded by the Colorado Department of Education, which will be distributed over a five-year period beginning January 2010.
The 21st Century Learning Center Program grant will be used to establish Club TRES, a community learning center designed to boost student success among students at the three schools eligible for the grant, Lincoln IB World School, Irish Elementary School and Putnam School of Science.
TRES, an acronym for Together Reaching Excellence and Success, also means “three” in Spanish, and refers to the three school consortium that will provide approximately 450 students with engaging academic enrichment and a safe place to go after school during school days and in the summer.
The three eligible schools will join forces to provide not one, but three places where students can receive one-to-one assistance, small group learning, meaningful academic enrichment and summer programs. The programs will be designed to help students who often arrive at school less prepared to learn due to economic and language barriers, according to Maria Ortiz, project coordinator.
Club TRES’ four goals include:
Goal one: Increase annual median student academic growth, as measured by the Colorado Growth Model, in core content areas
Goal two: Increase annual student median academic growth, as measured by the Colorado Growth Model, in core content areas of sub-groups
Goal three: Reach a minimum of 450 students in year one---both to improve school attendance and reduce behavior issues
Goal four: Involve parents through parent education classes, including General Equivalency Development (GED), English as a second language, technology courses, as well as teaching parents how they can support their children’s education.
For more information, contact Maria Ortiz, project coordinator, at 490-3065.