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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.

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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.


James L. Camp, Jr. YMCA 

Program Funded: Fourth Grade Water Safety Program

Number of Students Served in 2018: 152

Fourth grade students from the local schools are given an opportunity to learn lifesaving skills in and around water. Each fourth-grade class is transported by their school to the James L. Camp, Jr. Family YMCA. The students receive time in the pool and practice techniques that can help them and others when in and around different bodies of water such as pools, lakes and the ocean. Many of the children who participate have never been in a pool or had instruction on how to safely be in and around a body of water. This program exposes all students to lifesaving skills that will hopefully keep them safe around water.


Tidewater Youth Services 

Program Funded: Franklin School-Based Case Management Program

Location: J.P. King Middle School

Number of Students Served in 2018: 21

Housed at J.P. King, Jr. Middle School, the School-Based Program has an established record of positive outcomes with youth deemed at high risk for delinquency and dropping out of school. Enrollment is based on several risk factors and predictors of delinquency, including possible retention in the same grade in school, failure of core courses, inappropriate school behavior, chronic absenteeism, poor grades, and need for supportive services. Twenty-one students participated in the 2018-19 program that included an Academic Survival Skills/Building Your Study Skills Workshop to prepare the youths and their parents for the academic year.

The program tackles two primary goals with specific actions. The first goal is to prevent involvement in the criminal justice system. This is accomplished by increasing family problem-solving skills, engaging in pro-social activities, coordinating participation in school extracurricular activities, coordinating services with community recreation and the Commission's Outdoor Adventure Program, conducting Aggression Replacement Training and increasing supervision by parents or guardians.

The second goal is promotion to the next grade level. This is accomplished by providing tutorial services as needed, teaching appropriate study habits, providing educational assistance with appropriate referrals, monitoring daily progress in classrooms, monitoring attendance and providing outreach when truancy occurs.

Program youth participated in the annual Summer Enrichment Program this year. Highlights of the program included the annual Chesapeake Bay charter fishing trip, the fourth annual Amtrak trip to Richmond, and a mountain bike outing. A highlight for the program throughout the school year is maintaining garden boxes on the J.P. King Middle School grounds.  



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