Lighthouse wins $352,500 grant for after school programming

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The Carroll County 21st Century Lighthouse Program won a grant worth $352,500 over five years. The school district received the news from Frankfort Jan. 27. The Lighthouse provides after-school tutoring and enrichment to students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

“We’re so happy to be able to continue providing these services to the children of Carroll County,” Superintendent Lisa James, Ed.D. said in a news release. “This grant ensures that our students will have unbroken opportunities for after school programming from the time they enter Kathryn Winn until they leave Carroll County Middle School.”

Funds for this grant are provided through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21CCLC) program. The Kentucky Department of Education administers a grant process for school districts and other community organizations to compete for the funds.

All 21CCLC funds must be used for programs outside of the regular school day, and school districts must apply with a community partner’s support. 

The Carroll County Ministerial Association is the community partner for the Carroll County 21CCLC Lighthouse program for fourth through eighth grades, and Carroll County Parks and Recreation is the community partner for kindergarten through third grade.

“The Carroll County Ministerial Association’s leaders and churches send our congratulations to Carroll County Schools,” president Chris White said in the release. “We share your interest in our county’s children and look forward to the role we will play in this grant’s work among us. Every minute and dollar spent on our children through this afterschool effort is worthwhile.”

For more information on services offered through the Carroll County 21CCLC Lighthouse program, contact Sheila Chowning at (502) 732-6834.