21st Century Grant helps students prepare for the future


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Indian Lake High School Counselor Valarie Rapp works with students in the media center after school during a 21st Century tutoring session.

Indian Lake High School Counselor Valarie Rapp works with students in the media center after school during a 21st Century tutoring session.


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Three years ago, the Midwest Regional Educational Service Center and Indian Lake Schools combined forces and applied for and received funding for a 21st Century Grant through the Ohio Department of Education. The grant was a three-year grant that focuses on reading and math skills, career planning, social/emotional development, and healthy living, delivered in a before- and after-school setting to students in grades 9-12.

Indian Lake students are offered several ways to experience these areas of focus. Tutoring in reading and math and career planning is offered three times weekly for one hour each time. Some students work on these skills through hands on projects in clubs such as Art Club, Science Club, Robotics Club, and Carpentry & Welding. Other students do a combination of tutoring and one or more clubs. Transportation is available to take students home, so no one misses the program due to not having a way to get home.

Commit to be Fit is offered twice weekly and takes place at the Hilliker YMCA in Bellefontaine. Students are bused to the Y and experience various types of fitness activities and games along with discussions about social and emotional health.

This year’s program has shown an overall increase in attendance of 15 percent. One of the most important increases is with students participating in two or more activities. In the school year 2016-17, 22% of the students in the program were involved in two or more program activities. In 2017-18, 59% of the students are in two or more program activities.

The increase in participation in multiple activities is due to:

An incentive program that rewards participation in multiple activities

An increase in the number of teachers in each tutoring session from one to four. Students receive more individual attention.

Changing tutoring from completely computer delivered to a combination of teacher delivery with computer support.

A dedicated and knowledgeable staff:

Erin Miller-Art Club

Valarie Rapp, Troy Shively, Alexis Scheiderer,-Tutoring/Career Planning

David Snapp-Carpentry & Welding

Matt Steinbarger-Science Club

Ryan Stanford-Robotics Club

Jacque Strahley-Commit to be Fit

Indian Lake and the Midwest Regional ESC believe in the value of this program and are reapplying for this grant for a five-year period starting in school year 2018-2019. The program will focus on students in grades 8-12 and award notifications should come in late summer.

Indian Lake High School Counselor Valarie Rapp works with students in the media center after school during a 21st Century tutoring session.
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