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Elsberry R-II Explorers Club gets renewal

Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Second grade students observing a sinking sub science experiment. Students include Kaden Kinsler, Jorgen Kreuger, Jacob Heitman, Taylor Mooney, Indyanna Richardson, Nathanial Mills, Dakota Gramman, Andrew Harper, Meg Brandel, Carli Donovan

The 21st Century Community Learning Center grant in the Elsberry R-II School District has been renewed for the 2012-2013 school year.
The $245,217.00 renewal will continue to fund the Explorer’s Club after school program.   After school programs keep kids safe, help working families and inspire learning.   In the U.S. today, 15.1 million children go home alone after school.  The Elsberry R-II Explorer’s Club currently has 90 students in grades preschool through sixth enrolled in the program.  Families pay tuition that is based on income for their children to attend.
Helping working families is a key component of the program which is why families can choose to pick students up any time between 3-6 p.m. or utilize the bus service that is available every day.
Students that attend Explorer’s Club have snack, recreation, homework assistance and educational enrichment opportunities every day.  Students love the hands on learning experiences that occur during Explorer’s Club.
A highlight for many of the students is the new technology they get to experience during Explorer’s Club. This technology includes both Kindle Fires and iPads. Educational applications and books capture the students’ interest and teach the same concepts they learn during the school day in a new technology enhanced way.
The funding from the 21st CCLC grant has made purchases like this possible.  Students also enjoy having the freedom to choose learning experiences that range from fashion design, car design, music, construction, speed stackers, and science after their homework is complete.