21st Century Community Learning Centers
Fairfax County Office of Public
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 711, FAX 703-324-2010
Dec. 1, 2005
21st Century Community Learning Centers Celebrate
First Year of Helping At-Risk Students Excel
Students and parents who participated in the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program will be treated to an evening of dinner, dancing, awards and free books as the program celebrates the end of its first year. Two celebrations are scheduled: Friday, Dec. 9 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Mount Vernon Woods Elementary School, 4015 Fielding St., Alexandria; and Tuesday, Dec. 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Hybla Valley Elementary School, 3415 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria.
The 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, funded by a grant from the Virginia Department of Education as part of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, combines the public and private resources of Fairfax County’s Computer Learning Center program, schools, and community-based and business partners to improve children’s reading levels, academic performance, effort in school, social and study skills. The 200 children who took part in the program face numerous challenges to their personal achievement, while their parents are largely immigrants who work numerous jobs to support their families.
Program activities include teacher directed and tailored homework assistance, literacy promotion for students and their families, adult basic education for parents and encouragement for parents to become more involved in their children’s education.
James E. Dallas, principal of Hybla Valley Elementary School, explains the success of the program: “Over the past several years we have discovered that many children who do not always experience firsthand success in school are not necessarily unintelligent nor do they possess major learning difficulties. Keys to success generally missing include time and individualized support. Some students require additional time beyond the school day to master concepts that others acquire during the day. Others simply need one-on-one support. The CCLC Homework Club provides both, and without this level of support, many students would fail and fall through the cracks.”
“The more families are involved, the better students tend to do,” says Ricardo Cabellos, project coordinator. “Our program helps children at school and at home so they learn better. The purpose of the family fun nights is to celebrate the end of our first year and to recognize the families of students who have improved their grades through our program.”
For more information on how students at Mount Vernon Woods or Hybla Valley Elementary schools can get involved in the 21st Century program or how residents can volunteer with the program, contact Ricardo Cabellos at 703-704-6014, TTY 711, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Office of Partnerships Web page at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/partnerships.