The Manchester City School District is presently completing a grant renewal for College Street Elementary and Westwood Elementary– LEAPs (Lottery for Education: Afterschool Programs).
The overall goal of Lottery for Education: Afterschool Programs (LEAPs) is to provide Tennessee students with academic enrichment opportunities that reinforce and complement the regular academic program.
In November 2002, Tennesseans voted to create a state lottery. The General Assembly established that profits from the lottery go toward specific educational programs: college scholarships, early childhood programs, and afterschool programs.
As provided under TCA 49-6-702, 100 percent of monies constituting an unclaimed prize shall be deposited into an afterschool account for the purpose of administering a system of competitive grants and technical assistance for eligible organizations providing afterschool educational programs within Tennessee.
The LEAPs goals are in alignment with the department’s Best for All (Manchester City Schools is a Best for All district) strategic plan, specifically by providing academic and non-academic support so that all students can have a high-quality education.
Manchester City Schools has been a recipient of this grant for the past 14 years. This after-school program operates at College Street Elementary and Westwood Elementary, Monday through Friday, from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on regular school days when school is in session.
Students receive a healthy snack, physical activity, academic and homework assistance, additional help for students with a deficiency in skills and standards, and many enrichment activities. The electives range from STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art-Agribusiness-Aerospace, Math), arts and crafts, additional physical education activities, and drama. Useful resources are provided for parents of Afterschool Journey students. The Afterschool Journey program has grown tremendously over the past 4 years.
The grant is due by April 14, 2023. Awards will be announced in late June. For more information about this program or to review the grant application, please contact the Manchester City School’s office or Jimmy St. John, Afterschool Journey Program Director, at 931-728-3412 extension 2434