Three region after-school programs are among 53 in the state to win 21st Century Community Learning Center grants.
Among the programs receiving a share of $11.1 million in grants were Communities in Schools of East Chicago, which netted $150,000; Lake Ridge Schools, $175,000; and Michigan City Area Schools, $300,000.
According to a news release from the Indiana Department of Education, 21st Century Community Learning Centers provide academic enrichment, tutoring and mentoring, homework help, and music, arts, sports and cultural activities for students at high-poverty and low-performing schools.
Lake Ridge Superintendent Sharon Johnson-Shirley said the grant will help continue the district's popular Hi-Def after-school program. Johnson-Shirley said the district intends to expand the program to its middle school.
"We deal with academics, homework and tutoring in the after-school program," she said. "We also do enrichment with the arts. We offer choir and a financial night for parents to assist them in completing college financial aid forms."
The 21st Century Community Learning Centers program is an after-school initiative authorized by federal law, the department said.
“These groups work throughout the state to support student learning and development in communities affected by poverty," said Glenda Ritz, Indiana schools superintendent.