Blackwater Regional Library
Program Funded: Summer Reading Program
Branches: Ruth Camp Campbell in Franklin and Walter Cecil Rawls in Courtland
Number of People Served in 2018: 2,989
This program significantly impacts the children and teens of our community by:
• Helping to mitigate the loss of reading skills due to lack of constructive activities and the greatly reduced amount of reading done over the summer months;
• Helping to close the achievement gap between children from low- and middle-income families;
• Fostering intellectual curiosity, self-expression and creativity, all vital for literacy development;
• Offering children and parents the opportunity to discover the joy and sharing of books and acquire a lifelong interest in reading;
• Attracting families from diverse backgrounds;
• Taking place in an attractive, comfortable environment that may be one of the only safe places in a child's or teen's life;
• Allowing children to create their own learning process through their direct involvement in the explorations, reflections, and discoveries gained at the library weekly throughout the summer;
• Offering children the opportunity to include Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in their everyday life through experiences in STEM programming;
• Taking advantage of many free services such as computers and Wi-Fi access.
For more information about the Blackwater Regional Library or the Summer Reading Program, visit www.blackwaterlib.org.
Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Virginia
Program Funded: Franklin Unit Power Hour & DIY STEM Program
Location: S.P. Morton Elementary School
Number of Students Served in 2018: 222
The Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Virginia works with young people from disadvantaged economic, social and family circumstances. They are dedicated to ensuring that our community's children and teens have greater access to quality programs, increased opportunity, and experiences that will enhance their lives and shape their futures. The Franklin Unit currently provides a safe place for 222 children, ages 6-18, during after-school hours from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM and during summer break from 8:30 AM- 5:00 PM.
Power Hour is an academic achievement program that ensures every minute counts. Clubs spend one full hour working with Club members to ensure that they are finishing their school-work and engaging in high-yield learning activities. Throughout this time, members are offered homework help, tutoring services, learning activities and lessons that aim to encourage participation.
DIY STEM is a hands-on, activity-based STEM curriculum which connects youth ages 9-12 to science themes that currently include five unit activities focused in the following areas; Energy and Electricity, Engineering Design, Food Chemistry, Introduction to Aeronautics, and the Science of Sports. Each unit provides members with lessons on the principles and a compelling and fun activity that allows them to use what they learned to fulfill a scientific experiment.