The Geneva City School District (GCSD) has been awarded a highly competitive, federally funded $5.85 million 21st Century Learning Center Grant that will support a wide range of programming, including reinforcing collaborations with Hobart and William Smith to support the educational success of local students.
“We are so excited to receive this grant again,” says Geneva City School Superintendent Trina Newton. “The programs this funding allows us to offer makes a huge difference to our students and their families.”
The Colleges’ role in the collaboration with GCSD and its community partners spans America Counts and America Reads, HWS Tutor Corps, Project Eye-to-Eye, Geneva Heroes, service-learning opportunities and Geneva 2020 visit days at HWS.
The 21st Century Learning Center Grant, which will be distributed over five years, supports the creation of community learning centers for students and covers areas such as secondary summer school, Morning Program clubs, Boys and Girls Club of Geneva programming, Finger Lakes Community College GED and English Second Language classes for families and Big Brothers Big Sisters mentorships.
The grant arrives at the same time as a number of other successes, including the efforts of dedicated teachers and family members assisted by Geneva 2020, the community-wide, collective impact initiative working to increase graduation rates, improve literacy, boost college and career readiness, and ensure every child enters school ready to learn. Significantly, the Geneva High School graduation rate has increased from 70.7 percent in 2010 to 84.9 percent today. Geneva 2020 also updated the community regarding its ongoing momentum during a special program at Ramada Geneva Lakefront.
This is the fourth time GCSD has received the 21st Century Learning Center Grant. The district received a total of $7.38 million from three grants between 2006 and 2016.