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June 12, 2013

Roxbury gets state funding for after-school, summer program

Staff Report
The Daily Star

---- — A local school program recently received more than $1 million from the state Department of Education, according to a media release. 

Roxbury Central School’s CROP program is among 125 recipients statewide of grants totaling more than $78 million. State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr.announced the federally funded 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program grants on Tuesday. The grants aim to create or expand community learning centers that provide academic enrichment and youth development opportunities for students who attend schools that serve a high percentage of low-income families.

The $1.15 million award for Roxbury will go toward the Creating Rural Opportunities Partnership, a joint venture between the Otsego Northern Catskills Board of Cooperative Educational Services and several member school districts, including Roxbury. 

According to the BOCES website, CROP offers after-school and summer programs to promote academic achievement, personal and social development, and greater engagement of parents in the school community. Through partnerships with agencies and organizations such as the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of Delaware County, the Roxbury Arts Group and Otsego County Girls on the Run, the program also offers life skills, arts and cultural programming, character education and drug and alcohol awareness programs. 

The 125 award recipients were selected from more than 450 proposals through an extensive peer review process, with priority given to programs that serve students in Priority or Focus schools. The grants can be made yearly for up to three years, for the period of July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2016, subject to availability of funds from the United States Department of Education and contingent on satisfactory annual performance of the grantee. 

“Our goal is to make sure that all students graduate with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in college and careers,” King said in the release. “The 21st Century grants provide opportunities for academic enrichment and tutoring services for students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools and their families are eligible for literacy and educational services. The grants are another tool to help build college and career readiness.”