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New Jersey 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Soaring Beyond Expectations, Aferschool Programs

New Jersey Department of Education Office of Student Support Services 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program and Out-of-School Time Resources
New Jersey 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Soaring Beyond Expectations, Aferschool Programs

Buena Regional School District

Project Director:  Melissa Mendez
1501 Central Ave
Mintola, NJ 08341
Phone:  (856) 697-8080
Fax:  (856) 697-8085
Email: mmendez@buena.k12.nj.us

County:  Atlantic

Servicing School District:  Buena Regional School District

CLC Sites:  Cleary Elementary & Buena Regional Middle School

Partners:  AtlantiCare Behavioral Health Systems, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Buena Regional High School, and YMCA

Serving Grade Level:  4 through 8

No. of Students to be served:  201

No. of Adults to be Served:  100

Times of Services: Afterschool: Buena Regional Middle School 3-6 p.m., Cleary Elementary: 3:30-6:30 p.m., Summer: Cleary Elementary: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Abstract:

The Buena Regional School District's 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program is called Buena Out-of-School Time (B.O.O.S.T.). The B.O.O.S.T. program is for fourth to eighth graders from the following communities Buena Township, Buena Borough, Milmay Township, Collings Lakes and Newtonville.  The program is held at two school sites which are J.P. Cleary Elementary for our fourth and fifth graders and Buena Regional Middle School for our sixth, seventh, and eighth graders. The B.O.O.S.T. program runs all school year and four weeks in the summer.  The B.O.O.S.T. program focuses on career awareness as well as academic, character education, and enrichment activities.  We also work with our local community organizations such as AtlantiCare, Big Brother Big Sisters, Buena Regional High School, and YMCA. Our families are very important to our program and we hold monthly family nights as well as a parent advisory council. The students that are enrolled in the B.O.O.S.T. program are given help and support with the homework on a daily basis as well as given many opportunities to extend their knowledge in future careers and academics.