Glenpool Public Schools get money for after-school programs


GLENPOOL, Okla. — Sixty-eight Oklahoma schools and community partners will distribute more than $18 million to help students in after-school and summer programs.

The Oklahoma State Department of Education announced Monday who will receive the funding after it said applications for the program had tripled.

Glenpool Public Schools will receive more than $200,000 and say they are excited to expand their programs to help students who are struggling in school.

Deputy Superintendent Kim Coody says they will use the money to help K-6 students with summer enrichment activities.

“Our design is for three days a week where students will come for seven weeks to embed the learning in fun enrichment activities,” Coody said.

She says they will have rod programs as well as a program that will focus on life skills with students learning fishing, archery, golf and hiking.

The aim is to make them better understand how learning is linked to these playful activities.

They say they will have to limit attendance to just 200 places.

“We had to target a specific population of children,” Coody said. “So we’re going to look at the students and their growth data from the school year, and the students who aren’t doing adequate growth, we’ll target those kids first.”

Their goal is to help students with learning loss due to COVID disruptions.

But Coody says they will still have their traditional summer school.

“It allows us to expand those funds,” she said. “So we can purchase materials with these funds that can not only be used for the summer enrichment program, but year-round with all of our students.”

Coody says the funding will help them over the next three years.

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