STAMFORD, Conn. – A middle school and a local YMCA have been awarded more than $1.4 million to help children in high-needs areas succeed academically.
The Connecticut State Department of Education recently awarded 21st Century Community Learning grant s to the Rippowam Middle School and the Stamford Family YMCA, according to a statement from the Stamford school district.
The grants are intended to help students through the use of science-based practices and extended learning time, according to the school district.
Rippowam is to receive $807,500 over the next five years, according to the school district, which said that the money is intended to serve 110 students per year. The program also has an International Baccalaureate (IB) theme, the district said.
The Stamford Family YMCA is to receive $605,625 over the next five years, school district officials said, adding that the money will help 60 Stamford High School students participating in the LEAD (Leadership, Enrichment, Acceptance and Development) After School Program.
LEAD is a program “focusing on academic achievement, college and career readiness, and social/physical health and awareness,” said a statement on the school district's website. The program includes a summer session on college and career awareness, officials said.