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HCHS, HCMS Honor Grant Partnerships

Halifax County High School and Halifax County Middle School hosted a reception Tuesday afternoon to recognize and honor their grant partners.

The two schools recently were named as recipients of 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants and will receive $180,000 this year for the grant that is renewable for an additional two years contingent upon availability of funds and satisfactory performance, according to Joe Griles, assistant superintendent for instruction. The combined grants total $1,080,000 over the three-year period for the two schools.

Halifax County High School

Partners for Halifax County High School’s 21st Century Community Learning Center grant include the Halifax County Chamber of Commerce, Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, Virginia Tech and the Halifax County Public Schools Technology Department, Griles said.

The chamber’s support is its commitment to enhancing the youth leadership program at the high school, as well as offering the chamber’s resources and ties with local businesses to provide leadership training for high school students, Griles said.

The SVHEC, under the direction of Dr. Betty Adams, will provide high school students with resources, equipment and personnel to foster project-based learning activities that revolve around digital communications, including photography, pod casts, webpage designs and video productions, Griles explained.

Virginia Tech’s partnership team under the direction of Dr. Carole Inge will provide hands-on project centered applications revolving around the Modeling and Simulation Center for Collaborative Technologies and the Virginia Clean Energy Business Incubator, Griles said. After-school student teams will work with incubator partners to get real world skills in the “Green Energy Job Initiative,” the assistant superintendent added.

As director of Halifax County Public Schools Technology Department, Terry McGhee will provide high school students with resources and equipment necessary to implement a digital communications networking program.

Halifax County Middle School
The 21st Century Community Learning Center grant partners for Halifax County Middle School include Moving Voices Isadora Duncan Cultural Exchange, South Boston-Halifax Junior Woman’s Club, New Shiloh Baptist Church Gospel Choir, Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, Halifax County Chamber of Commerce and Old Dominion University, Griles said.

Partnering with Moving Voices will provide middle school students in the after-school program an opportunity for cultural enrichment to integrate movement and dance, while the New Shiloh Baptist Church Gospel Choir will focus on integrating rhythm and singing into academic areas, Griles explained.

The South Boston-Halifax Junior Woman’s Club plans to implement enrichment activities such as the “Boys Rock” reading club to enhance self-esteem and increase literacy skills, the assistant superintendent said.

The SVHEC will provide resources, equipment and personnel to implement a digital communications network program, and Old Dominion University will provide teacher training and professional development opportunities to enrich instructional strategies, Griles said.

“With these funds and the support, cooperation, commitment from the outstanding grant partners, resources and opportunities will be made available to hundreds of our county’s students and their families,” said Superintendent of Schools Paul Stapleton.