Sept. 18, 2018 -- Noble Elementary School was recently awarded a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant from the U.S. Department of Education for its after-school STREAM program. The grant, which totals $850,000 over a five-year period, will support an innovative individualized program for 50 kindergarten through 5th grade students who could benefit from academic intervention.
Beginning October 1, students in the Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics program will meet for three hours every day of the week after school. In addition to academics, there will be a strong emphasis on social and emotional development and family engagement and education. Noble’s main partner for the program is the Heights Libraries, who will meet with the on-site coordinator multiple times each month to review activities and instructional strategies and monitor progress. Noble will also partner with the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, an agency that uses the arts to “engage children in active learning to develop innovative thinking and problem solving skills.”
Targeted reading instruction will be infused with enrichment projects, including robotics, engineering and design, and writing code. Students will also receive a daily snack and a full dinner before heading home for the evening.
Noble acknowledges that one of the greatest benefits of this program will be the extra 15 hours per week to focus on each child’s individual needs. Principal Patrick Carpenter captured the excitement felt by all when he said, “The Noble STREAM program is going to provide amazing enrichment opportunities to not only the daily participants of the program, but to ALL Noble scholars. Sustaining these creative partnerships, such as the ones with Noble Library and Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, is key in creating the culture Noble is striving to build - one that focuses on the whole child's educational experience both inside and outside the classroom!”