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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

CONTACT: Mary Stadick Smith, South Dakota Department of Education, 605-773-7228, or

Ruth Raveling, South Dakota Department of Education, 605-773-2593

Grant funds seven after-school time programs

PIERRE, SD – A total of seven 21st Century Community Learning Center grants were awarded to fund academic enrichment opportunities for students. This year’s grant recipients join the 32 existing grant recipients.

Grants range from $50,000 to $250,000 per year. These grants support extracurricular activities. School districts, as well as community organizations and faith-based organizations, are eligible to apply. Projects are funded for a period of five years based on successful implementation and annual reviews.

This year’s winners:

  • Black Hills Special Service Cooperative – North Middle School and Central High School Discovery
  • Boys and Girls Club of Aberdeen Area – Project Learn
  • Boys and Girls Club of the Black Hills – Building a Great Future
  • Boys and Girls Club of the Northern Plains – Boys and Girls Club of Vermillion
  • Sioux Falls School District – SFSD Afterschool
  • Rapid City YMCA – Edgemont Kidstop
  • Rapid City YMCA – Patriot and Vandenberg Kidstop

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers offer a range of high quality services that support student learning and development. Academic enrichment, tutoring, mentoring, homework help, music, arts, sports and cultural activities are key components of the grants. The learning centers also provide literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.

The program is authorized under Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.

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