Kokomo-Center Community School Corporation has received a four-year, $750,000 grant that will be used to fund after-school learning centers throughout the city.
The grant from the Indiana Department of Education will allow the school corporation to provide after school programming for elementary and middle school students.
Kokomo-Center spokesman Dave Barnes says the centers are designed to reinforce the learning done by students during the school day while expanding the district’s math and science curriculum.
“The core focus really is more science and mathematics, because that’s where we’re seeing the deficiencies. But at the same time, a great deal of the focus is also technology and engineering as well,” Barnes says. “So there’s going to be a great deal of focus there.”
Kokomo-Center Assistant Superintendent Pennye Siefert says while the program is aimed at boosting student performance in the so-called STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and math. It also caters to young people’s curiosity about the natural world.
“Kids are no more excited about anything than science,” Siefert says. “That interest level is always there, because they get to become a scientist. They get to become that experimenter.”
The program, called “KOKOMOMENTUM” will initially serve at least 100 students across the city. If it succeeds, the school corporation may add more locations.