A new grant will help Woodrow Wilson Intermediate School students experience activities at area organizations like the Danville Science Center and Danville 4-H.

Special to the Register & Bee

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Danville Area soon will be providing out-of-school programs at Woodrow Wilson Intermediate School thanks to a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant from the Virginia Department of Education.

The local organization will receive $181,000 the first year of funding and have the opportunity to reapply for continued support for the other two years of the three-year project.

The grant funding helps bring in community partners for activities including the Danville Science Center, Danville Pittsylvania Community Services, Danville Police Department, Firefly Yoga, Danville 4-H and UVA Cancer Center.

“The Danville Science Center is honored to be a part of this collaborative, community effort to enrich the lives of the youth in our area,” said Adam Goebel, executive director. “Research suggests that OST programs can benefit youth socially, emotionally and academically. That’s what we hope to accomplish through the programs DSC can offer through this grant.”

“It’s so exciting,” said Faith Stamps, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Danville Area’s CEO. “This signifies a real investment in our community; more specifically, the kids and families who attend Woodrow Wilson. At the end of the day, it’s about investing in the future of the community; through a strong partnership with Danville City Schools, we can make an impact on the lives of even more youth.”

The local group was one of 28 grant recipients for the 2019-20 cycle.

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers program provides support for out-of-school educational programming, particularly for low-income students and families. The grants allow centers to provide educational services such as tutoring, mentoring, recreational activities and other opportunities for academic and personal enrichment. It also provides for enrichment opportunities for parents and adult family members.

In partnership with Danville Public Schools, Boys & Girls Clubs will serve fourth and fifth graders who attend Woodrow Wilson Intermediate School.

“We are both thrilled and grateful about the opportunity to bring these programs directly into Woodrow Wilson Intermediate School,” Superintendent Stanley Jones said. “BGCDA has a significant track record in providing services to students that are impactful in producing productive, responsible and caring citizens.”

In addition, the Hughes Memorial Foundation and private investors assisted the Boys & Girls Clubs in leveraging startup resources. The program is set to start this fall.

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