By Nichole Stevens
University of Tennessee Extension was awarded the 21st Century Learning Center grant for after-school programs designed to help middle school students with critical thinking and problem solving.
The grant, amounting to $175,000 per year for the next five years, will be shared between after-school programs at Watertown Middle School in Wilson County and Springfield Middle School in Robertson County.
“I am thankful for the collaboration UT Extension has with the Wilson County Schools District through this and other special projects for educational outreach in Wilson county, ” said Shelley Barnes, Family and Consumer Sciences extension agent. “We have big ideas for partnerships in the community, and look forward to opening day in January.”
The 21st Century Learning Center grant is funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
The Wilson County Board of Education, UT Extension staff, Watertown Middle School administration and faculty, and local community groups will work together to assist students with homework, promote interest in academic areas like science and math, improve literacy, and develop social skills with peers and mentors.
Jamie Walker Green will be the site coordinator for the new 21st Century After-School Program at Watertown Middle School.“I am looking forward to the opportunity to help start this program at Watertown,” Green said.
“This is a school and community that I grew up in and I know that students will be able to greatly benefit from this program. 4-H was a huge impact in my life, and the opportunity to tie in research-based information in a fun way while helping students be more successful with their education is a dream job. I look forward to seeing how far this program goes,” said Green.
UT Extension, with an office in every county, provides Tennessee residents with access to university outreach resources. The Institute of Agriculture and UT Extension works with families, farmers, local government and youth to develop collaborative efforts to improve quality of life in all communities. UT Extension programs utilize research-based education and information to address issues pertinent in those areas.
For more information Family and Consumer Sciences Extension agent for UT Extension in Wilson County.