Grant for almost $600,000 will enable HCPS, foundation, to increase after-school and summer academic opportunities

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Thanks to a grant from the Virginia Department of Education, more Henrico students will get tutoring and academic opportunities outside of regular school hours. The state agency awarded a federal grant for $593,193 to the Henrico Education Foundation to expand a program at Glen Lea Elementary School run jointly by Henrico Schools and the foundation. The 21st Century Community Learning Center grant will be awarded over a three-year period.

The Glen Lea program will expand from three days a week to four; daily program hours will also be extended, growing from two hours a day to three. The program will provide after-school academic enrichment opportunities such as tutoring, literacy support, robotics, cultural arts and hands-on instruction in STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math). The Glen Lea program will triple in size from 50 to 150 students in grades 3-5, and add a six-week summer academy. The grant will also fund additional student field trips.

Family engagement opportunities will get a boost as well; the program will hold workshops on topics such as family financial literacy, and helping students avoid a drop-off in knowledge during the summer. The foundation will work closely with Henrico Schools departments, such as the Department of Family and Community Engagement, to implement the grant in innovative and effective ways.

“This is an exciting opportunity for the students of Glen Lea,” said Mike Taylor, executive director of the Henrico Education Foundation. “With the support of the grant, we are helping close the opportunity gap and provide real-world, hands-on learning opportunities. Some families don’t have the financial resources for tutors or supplemental academic programs, and we want to change that. Our goal is to provide every student with access to quality after-school educational programs.”

The Virginia Department of Education awarded the grants to recipients in Virginia after receiving the funds from the U.S. Department of Education.

The nonprofit Henrico Education Foundation was created in 1993 as a public-private partnership with Henrico County Public Schools. It works with parents, teachers and administrators to identify, develop and help fund research-based initiatives that enhance learning in the classroom. The foundation provides grants and resources to HCPS students and teachers to fill the gap between taxpayer funding and the resources needed to drive educational innovation and achievement in all Henrico County schools.

Funding provided by 21st Century Learning Center grant award No. S287C170047; 59 percent of the annual project will be provided with federal funding ($197,731) and 5 percent provided by local nongovernmental resources ($16,532). This does not include other programming and staffing supports provided by the Henrico Education Foundation.