DANVILLE -- Project Success after school programs have begun for the new school year at several locations around Vermilion County, but it’s not too late to enroll students.

“We have open enrollment throughout the school year,” Associate Director Kimberly David said. “We do have waiting lists at some of the schools.”

David said enrollment forms are available at the Project Success office at 917 N. Walnut St., or at the student’s school.

Project Success offers after school and summer programming at several sites in schools and community centers around Vermilion County where children and teens in grades 1 through 12 can receive homework help and tutoring, earn credit recovery, participate in research-based and hands-on enrichment activities and enjoy family events.

The free programs are offered at the following locations: In Danville, at Laura Lee Fellowship House (serving students from Garfield, Mark Denman and Meade Park elementary schools), South View Upper Elementary School, North Ridge Middle School and Danville High School; in Georgetown, at Pine Crest Elementary School, Mary Miller Junior High School and Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School; in Hoopeston, at Hoopeston Area Middle School; in Oakwood, at Oakwood Grade School, Oakwood Junior High School and Oakwood High School; in Jamaica, at Salt Fork Junior High School; and in Westville, at Judith Giacoma Elementary School, Westville Junior High School and Westville High School.

The beginning of this school year marks the first full year of Project Success’ program expansion. Project Success officials announced in August 2018 that the program received two large grants that would allow it to continue to provide additional academic support and enrichment programs in Vermilion County school districts for the next five years, plus add seven new program sites and serve an additional 350 children.

The after school programs, which serve 1,000 Vermilion County children each year, are funded through 21st Century Community Learning Centers (Illinois State Board of Education), Teen REACH (Illinois Department of Human Services) and other community supports.

Project Success also received a new grant this year that will enhance its bullying and violence prevention programming at the elementary and junior high school sites, David said.

This summer credit recovery was offered for the first time at Georgetown-Ridge Farm, Oakwood and Westville high schools.

“We started it in the summer and will continue with it this school year,” David said of the credit recovery program.

“It’s an online program in which the students watch lectures, work on assignments and take tests, and we have teachers there to support them so they can pass,” she said.

STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programming also will be enhanced at the Project Success sites this school year.

Some examples of new STEM programming include the additions of drone photography at Oakwood High School and Forensic Science Club at Oakwood Junior High.

Project Success participants also will have the opportunity this school year to interact with an online social-emotional learning program that encourages making positive choices, David said.

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