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HOUSTON – The Spring Independent School District has received an $8.5 million grant from the Texas Education Agency to continue its 21st Century after-school program at 10 select campuses over the next five years.

The district said in a news release Tuesday that the award will allow the district to continue to build on its successful program to accelerate academic growth and student development in reading and math through engaging extracurricular activities and targeted efforts to involve parents.

The five-year scholarship is the second received by the district through a competitive process. Spring ISD first secured the funding in 2016, and the latest grant will provide the district with $1.7 million per year through August 1, 2026.

“We are thrilled to receive this grant, as we know how important it is to provide support to our students at the end of the regular school day,” said Lupita Hinojosa, Head of Equity and ‘innovation. “Our 21st Century program gives students access to hands-on learning opportunities that are fun and help reinforce what is taught during the school day. Additionally, we are emphasizing the development of social and emotional skills, as we know our students need them more than ever as we recover from the pandemic.

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The program will be available at the following 10 elementary and middle school campuses: Bammel Elementary, Eickenroht Elementary, Major Elementary, Hoyland Elementary, Salyers Elementary, Bailey Middle, the School for International Studies at Bammel (formerly Bammel Middle), Claughton Middle, Clark Clark Elementary School and Middle School.

In total, the district expects to serve approximately 1,000 students and engage at least 500 parents in programs to help them support their children’s learning throughout the school year. To participate, campuses will offer an opportunity to register at the start of the new school year, with the program scheduled to begin on August 30.

“We know that students want relevant and interesting activities, so we will listen to their feedback and preferences when finalizing our programming,” said Carla Jones-Wiley, Program Director of 21st Century Community Learning Centers. of the district. “Research shows that when students enjoy what they learn, their attendance, behavior and academic performance improve. We are extremely grateful that TEA chose Spring ISD as one of its grant recipients.

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