DECATUR COUNTY SCHOOLS
21ST CENTURY COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTER (21ST CCLC)
Estella A. Bryant, Program Director
EKE – Makeesha Kegler JJE – Christy Cox
JWE – Dr. Theodora Gordon PSE –Lora Drake
WBE – Ortega Ross BMS – Michael Lewis
HMS – Jamichael Perry BHS – Donna Roland
Administrative Assistant –Charlotte Howard
Data Entry Specialist – Teresa Lashley
Decatur County Schools in partnership with Decatur County Family Connection and the support of many community agencies, businesses, and the Teaching Institute for Excellence in Science Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), service a 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) STEM Explorers and STEM Blasters program at each elementary site. Decatur County Schools were awarded those grants for the 2012-2013 school year. The elementary sites offer opportunities for students to attend the 21st CCLC STEM Explorers and STEM Blasters program. The Middle and High Grant ended in June, 2014. A new grant was awarded in June of 2014.
The Elementary 21st CCLC program includes a broad spectrum of events that focuses on health/wellness, cultural activities and academic programming that is creative and engaging for all participating students. These events enable students to think critically, become more responsible for their own learning, and understand the relevance of learning to their individual lives—all under the STEM umbrella.
Rotations are included in the after school schedule to include health/wellness activities, character education, and relationship building through service providers such as the YMCA, Samaritan Counseling, GOJU Fitness Center, and Georgia Youth Stem and Technology Center (GYSTC). Age- appropriate instruction will be provided in the Visual Arts. Creative hands-on Instructional Strategies that are problem-based and technology-infused are integrated to include a strong emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
The primary focus of the Fast Cats: Middle/High grant will be Academic Remediation, Enrichment, STEM, Credit Recovery, and Credit Accrual. The skills acquired during these rotations will enable students to achieve grade level expectations to perform satisfactorily on state assessments. They will also help students to thus stay on track for promotion and graduation. The Tech Cats rotation is embedded with creative technology innovations to broaden the students’ technology skills.
The goals of Decatur County include the following: to prepare students to become college and career ready by providing an equitable educational experience for all participating students, to improve positive behaviors through health, safety and wellness activities, including enrichment opportunities in the arts and technology, and to improve Parental Involvement. The program will build on the strengths of the elementary schools and middle/high school programs.