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Sinai Elementary School receives $600,000 grant

Sinai Elementary School is the recipient of a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant in the amount of $200,000 per year for three years for a total of $600,000, school officials announced yesterday.

The funding will allow Sinai Elementary to provide quality afterschool and summer academic and enrichment programs that will focus on problem solving and reasoning skills, nurturing students’ skills and talents and team building activities, according to Principal Mike Wilborne.

Students will be introduced to new learning activities and strategies that will support a range of positive academic and developmental outcomes.

“This is just a super announcement for Sinai Elementary School and the entire community,” Wilborne said. “We are thrilled to have the grant. This special funding will help us to have afterschool programs for our children over and beyond what we can do in the school day.”

In addition, the afterschool program will provide opportunities for family members to participate in GED programs,
community college classes, technology classes and access to the media center during the extended hours.

“These funds will help us to have programs for our parents in the afternoon to help them get their GED certification, to help them take extra classes and to improve the education within our community,” Wilborne said. “It will afford us to have our own summer school  programs, special field trips for children, and it’s just an endless possibility of things we want to do, and I’m just thrilled.”

Halifax County High School and Halifax County Middle School have received 21st Century Grants over the past few years. The grants are federal funds that are funneled through the state, according to Superintendent Paul Stapleton.

Sinai’s 21st Century Community Learning Center will embrace parents and guardians and work on building strong relationships with them through family nights and other opportunities.

“This school and this faculty are already intertwined with your community already,” said Stapleton. “The basis is already here between Sinai and the community to start with.

“We are very pleased Sinai has been chosen to receive this grant, and the fact that it is three years so you can do some planning and know what you want to accomplish over those years is very important,” the superintendent said. “We were just glad we could help facilitate it a little bit.”

“We do have an exceptional community here, and the parents are so supportive of the program and are very much involved,” Wilborne said. “We have outstanding students, and I know they are going to be excited when they hear about and learn of the things we are going to provide to them. We’re getting ready to move forward.”