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New Jersey Department of Education Office of Student Support Services 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program and Out-of-School Time Resources
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PEMBERTON TOWNSHIP

Project Director: Josh Besserman
1 Egbert Street
Pemberton, NJ 08068
Phone: 609-284-5387
Email: jbesserman@pemb.org

County: Burlington

Serving School District: Pemberton Township Schools

CCLC Sites: Alexander Denbo Elementary School, Joseph A. Stackhouse Elementary School, Samuel Busansky Elementary School

Partners: Rutger's Cooperative Extension Burlington County 4-H Youth Development; Burlington County College; Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey; Building Our Youth's Development (B.O.Y.D).

Serving Grade Level: 4th  & 5th

No. of Students to be Served: 180

No. of Adults to be Served: 120

Times of Service: After-school: Stackhouse 2:40-5:40 PM, Denbo and Busansky 3:40-6:40, Summer: 8-1:30PM.

ABSTRACT: Pemberton Township is one of the largest of Burlington County's 40 municipalities, with approximately 30,000 residents across 64 square miles. There are a number of residential neighborhoods within Pemberton Township, including historic Browns Mills and New Lisbon, Birmingham, Country Lakes and Presidential Lakes. The township is also adjacent to McGuire Air Force Base and Fort Dix, referred to as the Joint Base McGuire, Dix, Lakehurst, with a large number of children from military families attending the Pemberton Township Schools (PTS).

 PTS is comprised of 7 elementary schools, the Helen A. Fort/Marcus Newcomb Middle School, Pemberton Township High School, and a state of the art Early Childhood Education Center. PTS is proposing to utilize the funds from the 21st Century Community Learning Center Competitive Grant Opportunity to expand the existing "Extended Learning Program" (ELP) to each of the 4th and 5th grade buildings at the elementary complexes. ELP will have sites at the Joseph A. Stackhouse, Alexander Denbo, and the Samuel Busansky Elementary Schools for the 2013-2014 and the entire grant period.

The students of these buildings and from the surrounding neighborhoods are underserved, many are from low-income and single parent/guardian homes or is in the care of their grandparents. Unfortunately there are very little, if any programs/opportunities for children of their age group to do afterschool, which are the hours that unsupervised children are more susceptible to the influence of gangs, drugs, alcohol, sex, and other destructive behaviors.

PTS's proposal to expand ELP will ensure that students will spend those critical hours in a safe and constructive environment with qualified and caring instructors. Each ELP site will begin on September 30th and conclude on June 10th, will serve approximately 60 students (30 students from 4th and 30 students from 5th grade), and will aim to serve 180 students and 120 of their adult family members.

The proposed program will provide: academic remediation/support, so students can develop the skills necessary to be successful as a 21st century learner; help students develop the self-confidence, character, and social skills in youth development and counseling programs; academic enrichment and enrichment activities/programs focused around STEM, with additional programs in the areas of health, physical education, arts and culture, and the visual and performing arts to enrich the student's lives and their educational experience.  Additionally, parental involvement programs will be offered to the adult family members of participating students.  There will also be homework club time daily for students to complete their homework and receive assistance from certified teachers if necessary.  PTS will use the action research process, feedback from the advisory board and student council to continually improve the program over the five year grant period.