Hundreds of middle school students in Philadelphia will receive additional educational, emotional and social supports to promote achievement, thanks to a major PA Department of Education grant awarded to our Best Out of School Time (BOOST) program.
Administered by Liberty’s Lutheran Children and Family Service division, BOOST collaborates with the School District of Philadelphia and other partners to provide quality after-school and summer academic enrichment programs for underserved Philadelphia youth. In the past year, LCFS’s BOOST program operated in 11 public schools and served more than 900 students in grades K-12. Lutheran Children and Family Service is among 64 Pennsylvania school districts and community organizations to receive new funding through the federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant program.
“These grants will provide educational opportunities that are focused on complementing, supplementing and enhancing the work being done in the classroom by teachers and students,” said Gov. Tom Corbett. “We know that at-risk students need additional educational resources to be academically successful and this funding will support these efforts.”
LCFS will receive $306,338 annually for three years to provide afterschool and summer programming for 230 students at the following West and North/Northeast Philadelphia middle schools: Add B. Anderson, William C. Bryant, Dr. Ethel Allen, and Francis Hopkinson. The programming is designed to improve academic achievement, improve behavior and social development, and improve school attendance and engagement. This includes math and reading tutoring, innovative “STEM” (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program enhancements through The Franklin Institute, project based learning modules, individual character building sessions and monthly parent engagement seminars and educational workshops. The grant funding will allow LCFS to hire additional staff for each of the four sites, as well as purchase technology, internet access and educational supplies for the program.
“LCFS is dedicated to protecting and empowering vulnerable children, youth and families across Southeast Pennsylvania,” said Rich Gitlen, LCFS Executive Director. “This 21st Century Community Learning Center grant will build upon LCFS’ longstanding commitment to addressing the academic and social needs of Philadelphia students, as well as our ongoing close partnerships with the School District of Philadelphia administrators and the principals and teachers at the four schools.”