The Grenada School District offers year-round afterschool skills and tutoring classes to students in PreK through 12th grade, thanks to funding by the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant. The program also extends literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.
The 21st Century classes are divided into skills and tutoring classes, offered in three sessions throughout the year — spring, summer, and fall.
The classes are designed to prevent drop-outs as well as expose students to new skills and potential career paths. No grades are given, so students can relax and have fun learning subjects and techniques they might not encounter in a normal school day.
Younger students may explore art, music, and advanced concepts in science and reading, while older students may sign up for hands-on instruction in traditional vocational skills such as carpentry, automotive repair, pottery, and culinary arts, or computer lab classes that teach computer graphics and design, video film production/editing, sound engineering, and podcasting.
Tutoring classes for all ages match students with teachers who offer extra help in English, algebra, biology and history. The small class setting provides the extra attention these students need to enhance their study practices and raise their grades.
In addition to the skills and tutoring classes, the 21st Century grant helps fund the Parent Resource Center. Located at 423 S. Line St. in the old Lizzie Horn school building, the center provides parents with resources to help kids at home, including supplementary material for home-tutoring, reading and math instruction, and assistance with college submissions.
It’s a testament to the strength of our program that the Mississippi Department of Education routinely cites Grenada as one of the best 21st Century programs in the state. They direct a lot of other schools to us as a model for how 21st Century should be run.