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Alabama Community Education Association

Summer 2003

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Albertville City Schools - Albertville Community Learning Center Baldwin County Schools (2 grants) Bay Minette Middle School - Project H.E.A.R.T (Highlighting Enrichment and Remedial Tutoring) and Foley Middle School - Project L.E.A.P (Learning Enrichment Afterschool Program) Bibb County School System - Brent Elementary Community Learning School Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Birmingham Cultural Alliance Partnership Community Learning Center Boys and Girls Club of South Alabama (3 grants)- Cody Road Boys and Girls Club Community Learning Center; Semmes Boys and Girls Club Community Learning Center; and Mount Vernon Boys and Girls Club Community Learning Center Calhoun County Schools - De Armanville School, Where No Child Is Left Behind: 21st Century Community Learning Center Choctaw County Schools (2 grants) Northwest Choctaw Community Learning Center Circles Program, Community Involvement Resulting in Children Learning, Excelling and Succeeding (Butler Elementary and Lisman Continued on page 2

Century Awarded 21st Century Grants Awarded

The Alabama Department of Education recently awarded 30 grants to develop Community Learning Centers (CLCs) across the state. These new CLCs will provide academic and enrichment services to children during the out-of-school time. CLCs assist students in meeting state and local academic achievement standards in core academic subjects by providing the students with opportunities for academic enrichment and a broad array of other activities, such as drug and violence prevention, counseling, art, music, recreation, technology, and character education. Families of these students are also eligible to be served. In compliance with No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, (NCLB) the 2003 21st Century Community Learning Center grants are now distributed by individual state departments of education. In previous years, the grants were allocated by the United States Department of Education. Each eligible entity submitted a plan to the state for continuance of the CLC after funding ends, as well as assurances the program will take place in a safe and easily accessible facility. Non-public school sites are required to be licensed by the Department of Human Resources (DHR) if the law allows DHR to license the site. The CLCs target students from Continued on page 2

from Continued from page 1 schools who are eligible for schoolwide Title I services. Local partnerships and collaboration are required. Each application identified the Federal, State and local programs that when coordinated with the proposed program, will make the most effective use of public resources, including schools. CLCs will maintain a low pupil-teacher ratio of between five and fifteen students per teacher, and may operate during the mornings before school begins, during the after school hours, during school holidays, and during the summer. Evening activities for families are encouraged, as well as significant family involvement in the children's educational progress. The CLC grants were for a three-year duration, with the total of grant awards exceeding $4.2 million. "This money will go a long way in providing youth tutoring, academic enrichment, and technology education to students who are take part in these programs," said State Superintendent of Education Ed Richardson. "Students also receive enrichment through the arts, drug and violence prevention counseling, supervised recreational opportunities, and services for youth with disabilities," said Richardson. Junior High) Conecuh County Schools - Marshall Elementary Community Learning Center Franklin County Schools - T.R.A.C.K.S (The Right Approach Creates Knowledge and Success) Gadsden City Schools - EDGE (Extended Day Guided Enrichment) Hale County Schools - Moundville Community Learning Center Macon County Schools - Macon County Summer Community Learning School Monroe County Schools - Monroeville Middle School's "Motivating Many Students" At A Community Learning Center Opp City Schools - "RACE TRAC" Reaching All Children with Education, Teamwork, Responsibility and Character Pell City Schools - Iola Roberts Elementary Community Learning School Perry County Schools (2 grants) - Marion S.W.A.T. Communtiy Learning Center (Serving West Alabama Together) and Uniontown S.W.A.T. Piedmont City Schools - Piedmont Community Learning Center Academy Shelby County Schools - C.A.T.S. 21st Century Program (Community Achieving Tremendous Success) Sumpter County Schools (2 grants) - North Sumpter Community Learning Center and York Community Learning Center Talladega County Schools - Talladega County Learning Centers Winfield City Schools - The Stepping Stones Communtiy Learning Center YMCA, Cleveland Ave. Cultural Arts Center, Montgomery, Bellingrath and Houston Hills Jr. High Schools; Montgomery, McIntyre and Southlawn Middle Schools (4 grants) - Bellingrath 21st Century Community Learning Center, Houston Hill 21st Century Community Learning Center, McIntyre 21st Century Community Learning Center, and Southlawn Community Learning Center.

Century New 21st Century Available Applications Are Available

The new applications for the 2004 funding cycle for Title IV, Part B grant funds to establish 21st Century Community Learning Centers have been mailed to local schools and organizations. The applications can also be downloaded from the Alabama State Department website. To access the application go to www.alsde.edu and then click on the link to the Federal Programs section. Completed applications are due on August 20.

Community Education Month Set for March

The Alabama Community Education Association has designated March as Community Education Month. According to ACEA President Barbara Hill, the month is being set aside as a way for local Community Education programs to showcase their programs and activities to the community. "We encourage everyone to start planning now," Hill said. "We really want you to use this month as a great opportunity to get the word out about the wonderful programs that Community Education offers to students, parents, and the entire community." Community Education Month will coincide with the ACEA Annual Conference, which will be held March 3, 4 and 5, 2004 at the Perdido Beach Resort. The ACEA's Publicity Committee will be working on a packet of materials to be used to promote Community Education programs, including a public service announcement. Examples of other activities include: Plan a Community Education Celebration Invite superintendent, board members, principals and parents to attend. Send out press releases to the media, highlighting special activities and inviting them to attend any special events. Have students write thank you letters school system personnel and board members for their support of your local Community Education programs.

Community Education Logo Contest

The State Department of Education is searching for a fresh new look for Communtiy Education, to be used on all statewide publications. The SDE is looking to update the traditional community education logo (pictured above) to include the added emphasis now being put on after school programs and community learning centers. Please carefully consider this request to submit an original drawing or work which can be reproduced and distributed statewide. The logo should convey the concept of community education, community learning centers, or community schools. Feel free to give this challenge to your students! The submitted work can be a rough draft because the final version will be completed by graphic artists. A selected committee will judge the logos. The winner will be given credit in future Community Education publications. Deadline for entry is August 13, 2003. Copies may be emailed to Bob Ritchey at [email protected] or mailed to Mr. Ritchey at Community Education, P.O. Box 302101, Montgomery, AL 36130-2101. Thank you and we look forward to receiving your entry!

ACEA Awards Highlight Conference

By: Sallie Chastain, ACEA Awards Chair The outstanding work and contributions of individuals and councils were recognized for the 2002 ACEA programs at the Spring Conference in Perdido. Competition was keen and winners are definitely to be commended for the excellent performance, persistence and contributions required to be selected for the annual awards. Our recipients for the competitive awards for 2002 were recognized with framed certificates or plaques as follows: Outstanding Benefactor ­ Senator Wendell Mitchell ­ for most supportive legislator representing Autauga, Butler, Crenshaw, and Pike Counties Extended Day Director of the Year ­ Ms. Annie Pearl Brown from Tuscaloosa County Community Education Impact Award ­ Ms. Cindy Warner, Shelby County, as the most outstanding new community education coordinator Regional Superintendents of the Year ­ Northern Region, Mr. Bill Moss of Franklin County Schools and Central Region, Dr. Jamie Blair of Vestavia Hills. State Superintendent of the Year ­ Mr. Craig Pouncey of Crenshaw County Peggy Spain McDonald Bright Idea Award ­ Phenix City Schools for Heart of the Community Awards Program and Honorable Mention to Marshall County Consortium for SciAdventure Charles S. Mott Award ­ Mr. Samuel Carr of Crenshaw County for most outstanding contributions to the purpose of community education and the furtherance of its guiding principles Gold Star Advisory Council Awards ­ Decatur City, Gadsden City, and Woodlawn Community Schools for Advisory Councils accomplishing the ten high standards expected of superior advisory councils Additionally, the conference recognized the ACEA State President, Ms. Jeannie Wallace, for her outstanding service and contributions during 2002-03. Jeannie is the first state president to have served two separate terms in this office for our organization.

Rewards Perdido Rich Rewards Spark Ideas at Perdido Beach

Great ideas, projects, and activities were recognized as "Rich Rewards" at the annual Spring Conference in Perdido Beach. Appropriately named for our own State Specialist, Bob Ritchey, the awards identified successful and simple community education concepts and shared a brief explanation of the nature of the activities--so that all of us can implement a wide array of exciting and unique opportunities in all of our communities. Those recognized for great ideas were as follows:

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East Birmingham, Derrell Morrison ­ Multigenerational Christmas Past State President, Betty Wingo ­ Making Magic State Conference Vestavia City, Ronda Charping ­ Back Pack ­ Promoting Awareness and Compassion in Kids Pike County, Elizabeth Grubbs ­ Pick an Apple Bulletin Board for Volunteers East Birmingham, Derrell Morrison ­ Red, White and Blue Christmas Grove Hill, Renee Smith ­ Valentine Cookie Decorating and Christmas Socials Sheffield City, Sherri Baker ­ Open House/Community Awareness Fair Decatur City, Rebecca Hoover ­ Bridging the Gap Publications Jefferson County, Al Moore ­ Girls' Night Out/ YMCA Makeup Party Phenix City, Mary Jane Riley ­ PIE ­ Partners-in-Education Tailgating and Tip-off Recognitions State President, Barbara Hill ­ Wall of Pictures at State Conference Jefferson County, Al Moore ­ Mexican Teacher Exchange Summer Program Past State President, Tee Jackson ­ Making Music State Conference Escambia County, Laura Elliott ­ Senior Citizens' Annual Tours and Special Programs Each "Rich Reward" recipient received a goodie bag with favors representative of the project and items that could be used to celebrate and promote a similar activity in the future. Community Education continues to be full of rich and rewarding programs and activities well worth "Waking Up the Town and Telling the People!" Thanks, Barbara for a great spring conference! Thanks, Bob for the inspiration and support!

Scenes from ACEA Conference

New ACEA Officers and Board Members were elected at the recent ACEA Annual Conference, held in March at the Perdido Beach Resort. Pictured are new ACEA President Barbara Hill, Vice President Derrell Morrison, Southern Region Board Member Carolyn Moore, Secretary Beverly Brown, Linda Agee, Northern Region Board Member Emily Davis, and Central Region Board Member Tony Cook. Not pictured are board members Cherry Groat, Northern Region; Mary Jane Riley, Central Region; and Dr. Betty Coleman, Northern Region.

Pictured with Miss Alabama, Scarlotte Deupree, is Community Education State Specialist Bob Ritchey, left, and National Community Education President, Bob Whitman, right. Also shown with Miss Alabama, below right are Dr. Robert Morton, State Department of Education, and Margaret Morton, Executive Director of Sylacauga Alliance for Family Enhancement (SAFE) and the Shelby County Community Education staff, Kay Dummier, Cindy Warner and Becky Gamble.

Bob Ritchey, Barbara Hill, Carol Evans, Jeannie Wallace and Bob Whitman, President of the National Community Education Assocation, enjoyed the reception.

Pictured with Miss Alabama are representatives of the Birmingham Schools Community Education Program. Pictured on the front row (l-r) are Ms. Bell, Cathy Baugh, Sara Roseman, Miss Alabama Scarlotte Deupree, Carlette McNair, and Otis Dismuke. Back row (l-r) are Gwen Gamble, Louise Sanderson, and Samuetta Drew.

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