TROY, NY – The Lansingburgh Central School District announced it will receive a grant for a 21st Century after-school program at Knickerbacker Middle School and Lansingburgh High School.
The middle and high schools serve students in grades 6 through 12 in Lansingburgh. It will be funded by the New York State Department of Education and the United States Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21CCLC) Program Grant. The 21CCLC program supports the creation of after-school programs that provide development opportunities for young people and strengthen academics in core subjects such as math and English language arts.
21CCLC funding is awarded within New York State’s judicial districts, with enough money to fully fund only three school districts per judicial district. Lansingburgh applied for the 21CCLC grant in the fall of 2021 and was recently selected as one of several applicants from the 3rd Judicial District. She will receive $400,000 per year for the next five years to fund her 21CCLC program.
Lansingburgh plans to begin its middle/high school 21CCLC program in September at the start of the 2022-2023 school year. It is now in the process of hiring staff to run the program, including a project manager. A small number of interested Lansingburgh faculty will also help provide academic support and tutoring to participating students.
Once launched, the program will serve up to 200 Lansingburgh grades 6-12 students and will run Monday through Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. After-school snacks will be provided and transportation to the house will be available if needed from district -be new transportation contractor, First Student. Registration information for Lansingburgh’s 21CCLC program will be available in the coming months before the start of the 2022-2023 school year. Additionally, the district plans to offer 21CCLC programming during the summer months beginning in the summer of 2023.
“The district is thrilled to receive the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant,” Lansingburgh Schools Superintendent Antonio Abitabil said in a news release.
“This additional funding will allow us to strengthen our relationships with Lansingburgh community partners, continue new programs launched this year, and expand our current after-school offerings. This will ensure that students remain safe and highly engaged during their after-school hours while exploring learning opportunities beyond their normal areas of study.
Lansingburgh has signed partnership agreements with the following community organizations for its 21CCLC after-school program to help provide a wide range of unique academic, youth development, and mental health services not offered in a typical school day.
Community Partners for Lansingburgh’s 21st Century After-School Program:
• The Capital Region Arts Center
• The Boys and Girls Club
• Extension of the Cornell cooperative
• Public Library of Troy
• Trojan Unity House