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May 3, 2004

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Helping Improve The Achievement Of Underprivileged Students In Virginia

The following are excerpts from a recent Daily Press (VA) article highlighting how students in Hampton Roads and Newport News are benefiting from No Child Left Behind's 21st Century Community Learning Centers program:

"Schools in Hampton and Newport News are using federal dollars to help raise the grades and improve the lives of low-income students and their families. ... Hampton schools got a portion of federal grant money from the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program last year to work after school with students struggling in certain Standards of Learning subjects."

"Tammie Johnson, 29, a single parent who enrolled two of her three children in the program at Lincoln Park Community Center in October, said it has made a big difference in their academic performance. ... 'It's a positive way to reinforce what the school is teaching,' Johnson said. 'I think it's an excellent program.'"

"Hampton City Schools received $277,296 through the 21st Century program. In addition to the sites now operating, the grant allows Hampton schools this fall to tutor about 500 students attending Bassette, Lee, Mallory, Wythe and Bryan elementary schools along with Lindsay Middle School. Passage Middle School in Newport News received $170,000, which it has used to offer after-school reading and math instruction to about 90 students since April 19. The grants are renewable for up to three years."

"The grant pays for hiring a school system educator to coordinate the academic aspects of after-school instruction, and two tutors for each school site."

The complete text of this article is available from the Daily Press online archive for a fee.

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