ASCEND After School Program
In July 2018, after a competitive application process, Curry Public Library received a 5-year 21st Century Community Learning Center grant from the Oregon Department of Education to provide safe, structured, and supervised quality after school programming for students in 6-8 grade. Curry Public Library was the only library to receive one of these grants, and was one of only 24 programs in the state to receive funding.
The After School Commitment to Education and Development (ASCEND) Program is a collaboration between Curry Public Library and Central Curry School District. Programming will: 1) provide opportunities for enrichment and tutoring to help students meet state standards in language arts and mathematics through structured study time and tutoring assistance, 2) work with community partners to offer an array of programs and activities to broaden horizons and promote exploratory learning, 3) help students navigate the transition from middle to high school through a bridge program, and 4) promote meaningful dialogue with students’ families, including opportunities for parents and guardians to develop necessary skills to actively participate in students’ academic lives.
1) Core Academic Enrichment: includes increasing comprehension in mathematics and language arts. These objectives will be met by engaging students in daily structured study time, tutoring, and project based learning.
2) Exploratory Learning: includes a range of programs delivered in conjunction with community partners that will provide presentations, hands-on learning activities with practical applications, field trips, and structured physical recreation opportunities. Programs will promote learning the skills necessary for a career in science and technology; gaining an understanding of career pathways in science and technology; learning skills necessary for a healthy physical lifestyle; developing a higher degree of personal mental wellness; exploring culture and art; and gaining the skills to express oneself artistically.
3) Life Skills and Work Readiness: includes learning necessary life skills; learning about career opportunities and their required skills; and exposure to high school career technical education pathways. Objectives will be met by working with community partners to deliver presentations on life and career skills; hands-on learning activities with practical applications; and one-on-one mentoring opportunities.
4) High School Readiness: includes being academically prepared for high school, learning critical study and organizational skills, and gaining confidence through relationships with high school staff and student mentors. These objectives will be achieved by: partnering with the existing summer school infrastructure to ensure that all incoming freshmen are academically prepared for high school; implementing a 4-week summer bridge program to teach incoming freshmen valuable study, time management, and organizational skills; working with high school staff and student mentors to incorporate them into the program, building familiarity for incoming freshmen; and holding a high school open house to welcome students.
5) Student/Family Engagement: includes giving families an opportunity to engage their children in meaningful discussions about difficult topics; developing conversation skills; and providing tools to take active roles in the academic lives of their children. We will achieve these objectives by working with Curry Community Health to host monthly programs for students and families. We will also work with Riley Creek School to expand existing “Family Nights” with focus on STEM, Literacy, and Arts and Culture. Finally, the program will host quarterly listening sessions to gauge wants and needs of families to realign our program as needed.
The ASCEND program will begin in October. Stay tuned for the starting date and exact hours. Once started, the program will operate on Monday – Friday. Bussing and snacks will provided for registered participants.
- Program Director: Karlie Wright – email@example.com
- Program Assistants: TBD
Sign Up to Attend the Program
If you are interested in being a mentor, tutor, or providing specific enrichment activities, please contact Karlie Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org.