Thursday morning, the Barren County schools celebrated the receipt of almost a million dollars for their various after school programs.
Hiseville Elementary School will receive $637,500 spread across the next five years. Barren County Middle School will receive $352,500 over the next five years.
The grant money was provided by the 21st Century Community Learning Center.
Barren County School District Superintendent Bo Matthews said he was thrilled about the grant.
“Anytime you have a job or a title, there are days that are challenging and then there are days that are certainly full of sunshine,” Matthews said during the celebration at Barren County Board of Education’s Central Office. “On this winter day, and we are still in winter, there’s a lot of sunshine right now in the Barren County School System.”
Matthews said the 21st Century grant will change the lives of students.
“I want to mention that Hiseville Elementary School, I can’t verify this, but I challenge someone to prove otherwise,” Matthews said. “This is the largest grant ever received by Hiseville Elementary school. It is to focus on activities for the young people and staff and the community at Hiseville. When that three o’clock chime strikes, we’ve got phenomenal opportunities available.”
Matthews said the district will do what they can to secure more grants and opportunities for students at Barren County.
According to a handout given out during Thursday’s event, there are many benefits to after school programs. Some of the reasons are: “increased time spent on academic activities, increased student attendance, reduced juvenile crime, increased self-confidence and self-esteem, and closing the achievement gap.”
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