Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District

Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District News Article

Community Service Core of Rox Mid After-School Program

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Sept. 14, 2018 -- Roxboro Middle School has been awarded a 21st Century Learning grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Totaling $850,000 over five years, the money will be used to establish and operate an after-school enrichment program called Roxboro Connects in the Community.

The program will serve 6th through 8th grade students who are recommended by their teachers as needing extra academic support and/or enrichment opportunities. Using community service projects as the core guiding principle, the after-school program will meet for three hours on four days each week beginning October 1. Students will work with each other and trained adults to identify community needs and design and implement community service projects. 

Community partners include the Heights Libraries, who will help students research community needs; HandsOn Northeast Ohio, which partners schools with local organizations for service projects; the Center for Arts Inspired Learning, which uses the arts to enrich student learning; College Now, which works to increase participation in post-secondary education for at-risk groups; and John Carroll University, whose education students will help with tutoring and project execution.

Roxboro Connects will include the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) system as a backdrop to all programming. AVID develops learning, study and academic behavioral skills that include strategies like writing to learn, inquiry, collaboration, organizational skills, and critical reading. Roxboro Connects has been designed with College and Career Readiness and Drop-Out Prevention in mind. The program will include field trips, social development, academic supports, plus a snack and full dinner each day. All while engaging in projects that will help strengthen our community. 

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