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Federal Grant to Benefit Students from Four Liverpool Elementary Schools

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 -

Liverpool Central School District has received a federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant that will enable Contact Community Services, Inc., to provide school-year and summer-learning programs to the district, Superintendent Dr. Mark F. Potter announced today. About 750 first- through sixth-grade students from Chestnut Hill, Donlin Drive, Liverpool and Long Branch elementary schools will be eligible to participate in this program.

The nearly $1.2 million 21st CCLC grant from the U.S. Department of Education will allow the district to offer age- and grade-appropriate educational and enrichment opportunities, including academic support, behavior intervention strategies, social-emotional development activities, family literacy activities, and comprehensive summer learning programs.

“These programs will assist eligible students to become academically and behaviorally successful during the school year and maintain these strides in the summer,” Potter said.

The programs will start this summer and extend through the 2021 school year (depending on federal funding allocations), and will create up to 50 jobs for teachers in the summer learning program. Contact staff will provide the school-year services and oversee the summer learning program.

“We’ve partnered with Contact because of its history of delivering exemplary programs that keep high-risk students on track for academic success,” said Steven Garraffo, Liverpool’s Acting Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment.

Contact Community Services, which is based in East Syracuse, will partner with the district to design and deliver the programs. According to New York State Department of Education site visits and Syracuse University Professional Research and Development evaluation reports, the 21st CCLC programs that Contact has operated since 2005 have met or exceeded objectives in all areas of achievement.

“Our programs focus on developing the whole student by providing them with transferable skills that foster academic growth while encouraging self-discipline, self-respect and social responsibility,” said Karinda Shanes, Contact’s Director of Youth Development Services. “And those skills will have a tremendous long-term impact on their academic success and future.”

The Liverpool Central School District has a long history of providing an excellent educational environment for its nearly 7,200 students. The district offers a wide range of programs and services, including honors and Advancement Placement courses, cutting-edge technology, a highly respected special education program and numerous extracurricular activities.

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