Extended School Day/Violence Prevention Program Promotes Learning Opportunities & Youth Development

Extended School Day/Violence Prevention Program Promotes Learning Opportunities & Youth Development
Posted on 01/25/2017
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Central Islip School District is the recipient of a highly-competitive grant awarded by the New York State Department of Education. The $1,744,000 grant was secured by Central Islip School District's Funded Programs Administrator, Marie Holdsworth, Ph.D., in partnership with administrators from Youth Enrichment Services (YES), and the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office. The 20-week program offers 218 Central Islip students in grades 3 - 5 extended learning opportunities in academic enrichment, youth development and violence protection. They attend the program in their home elementary school settings for two hours after school, three days a week. Students rotate through various activities including but not limited to mathematics, humanities and homework assistance. Various components of the program include the 'Too Good for Violence' initiative through YES and the Town of Islip, Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) through the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office, and the humanities component based on EngageNY. Students receive snacks and school bus transportation home. Teacher and student interaction, both one-on-one and in small group settings, offers individualized attention for students as education and character development are enhanced.

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