Smokey Barn News
Friday August 1, 2014
Springfield, Robertson County – Tenn.
Springfield Middle Afterschool Program To Benefit From UT Extension Renewal Grant
University of Tennessee Extension Robertson County received notification on July 31, 2014, of the renewal of a Department of Education 21st Century Learning Center grant. The grant provided will continue funding the Springfield Middle School afterschool program, “Hi-5 Hives”. The grant UT Extension received includes Robertson County plus opening a new 21st Century Learning Center in Wilson County. The two counties will receive combined funding of $175,000 per year.
Partnering with the Robertson County Board of Education, Springfield Middle School administration and faculty, and local community groups, including the YMCA, UT Extension started the afterschool program five years ago. The primary audience is sixth and seventh graders.
Homework and tutoring, social skills, science, critical thinking and problem solving are all components of the afterschool program. A snack is provided and transportation home for those who live in the city limits of Springfield. The program typically runs until 5:30 each day school is in session. Due to the timing of the grant funds, “Hi-5 Hives” will begin in September.
The program is open to boys on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Girls participate in the program on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Students who have participated in the past have shown improvement on their math and reading scores. Students were recognized for their participation and academic performance by receiving scholarships to help them attend summer camp programs.
Current teaching assistants for the program are Angela Beasley-Murray, Karen Pollard and Amy Jernigan. Information about how to sign up will be available at the Springfield Middle School and at the UT Extension Office, 408 N. Main Street, Springfield or call 615-766-7053.
Programs of the UT Extension are available to all eligible persons.