Communities in Schools of Delaware (CISDE), in partnership with Milford Central Academy and Milford High School, have begun their third year with the Milford School District. Keenon Mann and Jennifer Bosic have been introduced as CISDE’s new Program Director and Site Director, respectively. The team will facilitate a comprehensive after-school program for 120 middle and high school students and an intensive summer school program for 40 students.
The sixteen-weeklong after-school program, meeting three times per week, is divided into three components. The academic enrichment section focuses on homework help, DCAS preparation, and tutoring. The second component prepares students for success as they move into adulthood including how to prepare for college or a career, entrepreneurship, bullying prevention and community-based social involvement. The final priority is to connect students to extra-curricular, enriching activities with community partners including the Mispillion Art League, Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club and the Delaware Tang Soo Do Academy.
Program Director Keenon Mann will work with Milford High School students, grades 9 to 11, to accomplish CIS’s three component approach. By academic enrichment through tutoring, encouraging students to become productive adults and improving community involvement, Kennon hopes to teach students how to take an active role in what direction their lives take.
“I am looking forward to learning more about the students, their passions, strengths and weaknesses and how they want their school experience to go,” commented Mr. Mann. “They will gain confidence in their own ability to perform socially and academically and also gain confidence in their school and community.”
Site Director Jennifer Bostic will work with grades 6 to 8 at the Milford Central Academy. In addition to the CIS’s three components, Jennifer will be teaching her students etiquette, life skills, health and wellness and community involvement.
“I am looking forward to being with the kids ever day, watching them grow and be successful,” commented Ms. Bostic. “At this level it is important that they understand that they are not alone and that their peers are going through the same experiences as them.”
Unique to the Communities In School program, students choose much of what they learn and are able to progress academically and personally in autonomous ways that are relevant for them. Working closely with teachers and other community partners will allow for students to receive individual attention. Through empirical data evaluation, CISDE will track students for personal and academic improvement and anticipate a raise in test scores and letter grades coupled with an increased interest in school, personal development, and preparation for the future.
“During last year’s programs more than 73% of affiliated students improved their math DCAS scores and more than 59% improved reading DCAS scores,” stated Jennifer Koester, Communities in Schools Operations Manager.. “ Additionally, teachers reported that by the end of the year, 94% of affiliated students improved homework completion or quality, 99% volunteered more in class, 97% had improved attendance, and 81% improved overall academic performance.”
For students involved in the summer and after-school programs there will be no cost to families and transportation, meals, and all fees are waived for participants. The grant for both programs were made possible by support and funding from 21st Century Community Learning Centers. Individuals interested in attending either program or to find out more information are encouraged to contact Program Director Kennon Man at firstname.lastname@example.org or Site Director Jennifer Bostic at email@example.com.