The Socorro Independent School District was awarded a $1.4 million 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant from the Texas Education Agency.
The grant is being used to provide free afterschool programs through the Texas Afterschool Centers on Education (ACE) program at Campestre, H.D. Hilley, Hueco, Escontrias and Rojas elementary schools; Escontrias Early Childhood Center; Desert Wind and Ernesto Serna K-8 schools; and Salvador H. Sanchez and Socorro middle schools.
The grant allows Team SISD to enhance its afterschool and summer academic enrichment by providing students an additional safe learning opportunity while school is not in session.
“We are grateful to have been awarded the funds, which will enable us to continue our efforts to ensure every student succeeds,” said Superintendent José Espinoza, Ed.D. “The additional studying time and support will have a positive impact on our students, helping them to become effective communicators, providing them experiences to collaborate with their peers on projects and developing their creative and critical thinking skills.”
Texas ACE, a federally funded program, will provide students in grades K-12 additional opportunities to access programs and activities that reinforce the regular academic program. It will help students strengthen their reading and math skills.
Team SISD is one of 51 entities in the state to earn the grant and the only school district in the region to be eligible for four years of grant funding.
Through the Texas ACE program, SISD will offer 15 additional hours weekly of literacy, science, technology, engineering, arts and math courses during the school year. In the summer, additional services will be offered four hours daily, for six weeks.