After school a time for learning at DDSD

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Todd Mishler | October 27, 2013

DELAVAN -- The last thing most students want to face after school is extra schooling.

However, more than 30 local elementary children are doing just that -- and early reports say the youngsters are enjoying it.

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The federal 21st century Community Learning Center grant program is supporting after-school activities for students at 107 new sites throughout Wisconsin this academic year.

Delavan-Darien School District received a $500,000 grant, administered through the Department of Public Instruction. It provides $100,000 each year for five years for a CLC site at Turtle Creek, the largest of the district's three elementary schools.

Academic instruction from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. involves math and reading interventions with students who are performing below grade level. The second aspect focuses on enrichment activities, such as science, technology, fine arts and recreational pursuits, from 5 p.m. to 5:50 p.m.

Thirty-two kids were enrolled as of last week, with an original cap of about 75 students. No kindergartners had been signed up yet, but the program is for children from kindergarten through fifth grade. Students are split into two groups, kindergarten through second grade and third grade through fifth grade.

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