1.85 Million Dollar Ed. Grant to Benefit Students of Logan Elementary

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The Kansas State Department of Education has awarded a major grant to create a new Before School, After School, and Summer Education Enrichment Program at Topeka’s Logan Elementary School (1124 NW Lyman Road). The grant, worth $1,855,779 over five years, is being provided through the Kansas 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Program.

The grant application was submitted through a partnership of the Boys and Girls Club of Topeka, USD #345 Seaman’s Logan Elementary, Sylvan Learning Center, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Topeka.

“21st Century funding will bring together leading organizations that share a common vision of providing stability, growth and support to the academic success of children in our community who need us most,” said Dawn McWilliams, Chief Professional Officer of the Boys and Girls Club of Topeka. “It will create a team of academic success investors who will be change agents for a brighter future.”

The program, officially titled ‘Partnership for Improved After School, Before School, and Summer Programming’, will enhance learning during the school year, and will help combat summer brain drain. (Example schedules showing daily activities are provided on the following pages.)

In addition to the enrichment activities, Summer program participants will also be loganprovided with breakfast, lunch, and transportation to and from Logan Elementary.

“This grant is one of the largest ever awarded in Kansas under the 21st Century Program,” said Logan Principal Dr. Aarion (Air-en) Gray. “It’s an incredible opportunity for the kids.”

The programs will be offered to students on a sliding cost scale, with the rate based on enrollment in the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch program. Before and After School activities will cost $10 per week for regular pay, $5 for reduced lunch, and $2.50 for free lunch. Students will be selected for participation based on their classroom grades.

The Summer program will use an open enrollment process and will be offered for four weeks each year during the month of June. The regular rate will be $140. It will cost $50 for students receiving free or reduced lunch.