ORIENT AND INCHELIUM SCHOOL DISTRICTS AWARDED $124K FOR AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS in 2009
Four years ago, a team of Orient School administrators, teachers and parents began the process of applying for the highly competitive 21st Century Community Learn Center Grant, a grant that allows communities the opportunity to support student success through high quality after-school experiences. Last August, Orient, along with the Inchelium School District, were informed they would receive the grant over the next five years.
The grant, a by-product of the No Child Left Behind Act, awards communities that exemplify strong community/school partnerships. Approximately $4.8 million were to be awarded in Washington State. Orient's program is titled ECHO: Expanding Children's Horizons and Opportunities. Shelly Graham, the coordinator of ECHO, states,Since we began the program last year, students have participated in a homework club, Whitworth Writing Rally at Whitworth University in Spokane, orienteering, working in clay, nature journaling, tumbling and Alaskan cultural studies. The students are looking forward to many more fun and exciting enrichment classes.
The ECHO program is open to all students, grades K-12, and typically runs Monday through Thursday, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Bus transportation is provided for all participants and runs along the north-south Highway 395 corridor. There will be Saturday offerings as well. Students do not have to attend Orient School to participate. Home-schooled and faith-based students and their families are welcome to attend. If you are interested in registering your student, please call Shelly at 509-936-1527. There is no cost.
The ECHO program is looking for innovative instructors. If you have a skill or talent you would like to share with the students, please call 509-684-6873.
For more information about Inchelium School District's program Rez Stop: Raising Our Educational Zone Standing Tall On Pride, call the Inchelium School District at (509) 722-6181.
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 is a United States Act of Congress that was originally proposed by former President George W. Bush. The bill, shepherded through the Senate by Senator Ted Kennedy, received overwhelming bipartisan support in Congress. N.C.L.B. is the latest federal legislation that enacts the theories of standards-based education reform, which is based on the belief that setting high standards and establishing measurable goals can improve individual outcomes in education.
The program helps students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math; offers students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs;
and offers literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.
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