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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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LAWNSIDE PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Project Director: Ms. Marilyn Jamal
426 Charleston Avenue
Lawnside, NJ 08045-1404
Phone: (856) 546-4850 ext 2215
Fax: (856) 547-3865
Email: mjamal@lawnside.k12.nj.us

County:  Camden

Servicing School District: Lawnside

CLC Sites: Lawnside Public School

Partners: Haddon Heights High School, Mount Zion Methodist Church, Nutri-Serve Food Management, Life Needs, INC., YMCA Burlington, Camden County

Serving Grade Level: 4-8

No. of Students to be served: 75

No. of Adults to be Served: 75

Times of Services:  Afterschool:  3:15 - 6:15 PM;         Summer: 8:30AM- 12:30PM

Abstract:
The 21st Century Community Learning Center Program at the Lawnside Public School District LPSD is a theme based program that focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, STEM.

The LPSD, with a student population of 87% African Americans and 90% of the students eligible for free or reduced lunch, is well positioned to take advantage of the 21st CLCC STEM focused after school program. From 2008 until 2018, many of the fastest growing jobs in the service sector are and will be STEM related, high end occupations that include doctors, nurses, health technicians and engineers. Industries projected to have the most employment growth are in scientific, technical and management consulting, computer systems design, and employment services. As a society, we do produce students who function at the highest levels in math and science internationally. The problem is we don't produce enough of them.

In addition to the STEM infused curriculum, the 21st CCLC After School Program at Lawnside provides academic remediation in the Common Core State Standards, homework help and tutoring. Academic enrichment activities that expand on youth teaming in ways that differ from the methods used during the school day. Cultural and artistic opportunities for artistic knowledge and discovery, in the form of, African drumming, dance, band and martial arts are included in our activity centers. Youth development opportunities, including student council, character education, for students to enhance their interests, skills and abilities into adulthood, are also addressed. Parental involvement activities, provide opportunities for parents to gain new knowledge and increase participation in their children's education. Diverse focus groups, Symposiums, and a four week STEM enriched summer program are also a part of our activity plan. As we continue to expose our students and parents to areas that will enrich their knowledge base LearnDoEarn, will continue to be infused into our program activities during the 2014 and 2015 program year for both students and parents.
Life Needs of America Inc., program helps develop students, male and female in 6th through 8th grade to become successful in academics, social development and to ultimately become positive individuals in their community. Dr. Pitts is a freelance diversity consultant where she consults with various educational organizations in an effort to help them meet the ever-changing needs of a diverse staff and student population will continue to conduct our professional development for students, staff and parents in social issues and on working with children with disabilities.

We will be collaborating with Rowan, Rutgers and Temple Universities in their Attracting Women into Engineering AWE Project and other related platforms for the 2014 and 2015 program year.