21st Century Community Learning Center Grant

  • H.O. Brittingham/ Learning through the Arts
    The arts enrich lives, plain and simple. Students who participate in focused arts education, whether visual or performing, do better in their academic subjects. In fact, according to a study by Shirley Brice Heath (Stanford University and Carnegie Foundation of the Advancement of Teaching, Americans for the Arts Monograph, Nov. 1998), "young artists, as compared with their peers, are likely to attend music, art, and dance classes nearly three times as frequently, participate in youth groups nearly four times as frequently, read for pleasure nearly twice as often, and perform community service more than four times as often." A study of 25,000 students by Dr. James Catterall, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA demonstrated that student involvement in the arts is linked to higher academic performance, increased test scores, more community service, and lower dropout rates.

    H.O. Brittingham and Clear Space Productions, a local non-profit theatre company, formed a partnership to provide a 28-week after school arts program to give economically disadvantaged and low achieving students from H.O. Brittingham Elementary School (Cape Henlopen School District) grades 2-3 and 4-5 opportunities to develop their creativity and improve their fluency and comprehension through comprehensive, strategic instruction in the performing arts. While the program will be offered to all students, the target population will include students in grades 2-5 who are on free and reduced lunch, considered low-income, and are at-risk and underachieving in the area of reading. The target population will be determined by analyzing DCAS scores, DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early  Literacy Skills) scores, and other RTI (Response to Intervention) data.

    Contact Information
    H.O. Brittingham Elementary School
    Ned Gladfelter, Principal

    The Friends at Milton Elementary Program (FAME)
    The goals of the Friends Afterschool at Milton Elementary (FAME) program are to increase academic achievement through improving our students' oral reading fluency and reading comprehension. Also, we will increase school connectedness by teaching effective parenting skills. Our first-year data in the summer school and afterschool program analyzes the English Language Arts Assessments (ELA), used to measure comprehension and the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Next (DIBELS Next), used to measure fluency. In addition, we used the Jerry Johns Assessment, also called the IRI, during summer school and analyzed data on our Strengthening Families program first-year pre and post data.

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    Milton Elementary School
    Beth Conaway, Principal

    Rehoboth Elementary School/ Rehoboth Empowers Dreams (RED)
    Rehoboth Elementary School has partnered with the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce to create an innovative, unique, and holistic program, Rehoboth Empowers Dreams (RED), with an emphasis on college and career readiness. This program is aligned with Cape Henlopen High School's career pathways in order to better prepare our students for their future.

    The RED program is held at Rehoboth Elementary School from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.  The program allows 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders to take part in exciting clubs with 1:1 iPad access, as well as hands-on field, trips into the community. Parent nights are offered throughout the program.  Transportation is provided to get the students home at the end of the program.

    Contact Information
    Rehoboth Elementary School
    Susan Donahue, Principal