Grant provides Scott County with tutoring, enrichment programs


SCOTT COUNTY, Va. - Scott County students will now have before and after school tutoring enrichment programs. State grants are making it possible.

More than 300 Scott County elementary school students will now have the chance to attend a before-or-after school program. School officials say it has been a desperate need in the community for several years.

"Until the Boys & Girls club came into the partnership with Scott County last year and offered an after-school program for $5 a week, parents had nothing," Elementary supervisor Tammy Quillen said.

The state has announced the awards for 21st Century Learning Grants at 50 locations. In Scott County, Duffield Primary, Nickelsville Elementary, and Shoemaker Elementary will be the sites, although elementary students from other schools can also attend.

"As soon as they come in we try to get their homework completed, then we offer the supper program, which is a free hot meal that we provide through our partner, Appalachian Community Action," grant coordinator Patricia Deaderick said.

The grant provides $477,000 a year for inclusion of enrichment activities as well. Scott County is scheduling those through partnerships with 4-H and Natural Tunnel State Park.

"It may be help with homework. They will be exposed to different types of learning environments. They will get to participate in field trips that they don't necessarily get to do during the school year," Superintendent John Ferguson said.

Both programs will be up and running on Monday.

The school system will also run a full-time summer program with transportation provided each day from 7:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.