Shawnee Elementary Students Succeed Through 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Program
Will Rogers and Sequoyah students have been soaring to new heights and learning new skills in their fourth year of the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center Federal Grant. This grant created the SPS Kids After-school Program.
In the after-school program, fourth and fifth grade students at Sequoyah Elementary recently had the opportunity to design and create umbrellas. Students were given a variety of materials and were tasked with creating an umbrella that could withstand and protect them from the rain. Not only did this project test students' creative abilities, it also challenged their skills in other concentrated areas such as math and science.
Will Rogers Elementary students have also had success with SPS Kids. Fourth grade students have been diving into different careers and learning the ins and outs of what it means to work at a news station. Students have even had the opportunity to audition for the roles of news anchor. Together, these students are able to create, produce and present news to their peers.
Students have had the opportunity to put their culinary skills to the test through the hands-on activity of making bread from scratch. They also learned how to make butter to accent their bread.
In collaboration with SPS Title Programs, the Indian Education Program and Community Renewal, SPS Kids Summer Program will be held June 6-30. During this summer program, students will participate in a variety of clubs including sewing, gardening, music, robotics, STEM activities, book club, games/strategy, as well as field trips to Science Museum Oklahoma and Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum. In addition, SPS Native American advisers will rotate schools to present cultural activities.
SPS has received the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center Federal Grant for all four elementary schools. This program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children.