More East Feliciana Schools Offer After-school Programs

Beverly A. Bailey, Spoto, Kenneth, Morgan, Johnny W.  |  12/5/2007 8:38:13 PM

News Release Distributed on 11/19/07

More East Feliciana Parish students are receiving tutoring and enrichment programs after school through a cooperative effort between the LSU AgCenter and the East Feliciana School District.

The schools provide tutoring, and AgCenter 4-H personnel conduct the enrichment programs, according to Beverly Bailey, an LSU AgCenter 4-H agent in East Feliciana Parish. The partnership was made possible when the school district earned a 21st Century Community Learning Centers federal grant.

“Many parishes have these community learning center grants, but East Feliciana is the only one that has this type of agreement with the LSU AgCenter,” Bailey said.

The after-school program builds on the parish’s Fifth Day Project, which is offered on Mondays at schools that operate on a four-day week.

The parish is into its second year of having a four-day school week. “After the district got the Fifth Day Project up and running, organizers realized they needed additional resources,” Bailey said, adding, “That’s when they applied for the 21st century grant.”

The 4-H agent explained that when the grant proposal was written, the school officials also wrote into the grant three days of after-school programming.

On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, elementary and middle school students may take advantage of the extra sessions. Bailey works with a 4-H volunteer leader who teaches basic sewing skills. Dr. Ken Spoto, also an LSU AgCenter 4-H agent in East Feliciana Parish, works with a group of third, fourth and fifth graders.

“Right now, we are learning about teamwork and leadership, and the kids get to compete to see who has paid the most attention to detail in the instructions for their lessons,” Spoto said.

The grant runs three years, and the LSU AgCenter has committed to provide its services for the life of the grant, Bailey said.
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On the Internet: 21st Century Community Learning Centers, http://www.ed.gov/programs/21stcclc/index.html

Contacts: Beverly Bailey at (225) 389-3055 or bbailey@agcenter.lsu.edu
               Ken Spoto at (225) 638-3101 or kspoto@agcenter.lsu.edu
               Ursula Shaw at (225) 638-3101 or ushaw@agcenter.lsu.edu 
Writer:     Johnny Morgan at (225) 578-8484 or jmorgan@agcenter.lsu.edu

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