Updated: March 11, 2013 6:07AM
Thornton Fractional High School District 215 recently applied for and received a one-time, $134,000 grant award from the Illinois State Board of Education for the 21st Century Community Learning Center Program for the 2012-13 school year.
The district may apply for an additional two years of funding through the program upon sufficient progress of grant mandated activities, grant officials said.
The purpose of the grant is to provide academic, artistic and cultural enrichment opportunities for students and their families. Funds will be used to provide 18 programs and services including access to computer labs and fitness centers; afterschool tutoring, parenting and wellness classes; college access outreach workshops for students and parents; cooking, nutrition and gardening classes; and career development seminars.
All of the programs and services made available through the program are free to all TF North, TF South and TF Center students and their families.
“I encourage all of our families to take advantage of the wonderful opportunities afforded to them through this grant project, including assistance with college and scholarship applications, parenting classes, journalism and Microsoft Office training,” Supt. Creg E. Williams said. “We anticipate these programs will have a tremendous, positive impact on our students and our community.”
Like other school and district administrators, TF Center principal Kent Farlow said he is enthused about the program.
“The 21st Century program will provide us with the additional resources we need to improve students’ readiness for college and increase parental involvement in school activities,” Farlow said.
Provided to the SouthtownStar