School Resource Coordinators are provided for nine schools served by CIS of Clark County. Resource Coordinators work 20 hours a week. During this time, they provide Homework Clubs, assist with tutoring during the school day, facilitate Service Learning Clubs, and oversee the 3,2,1 Read Program. Resource Coordinators can also assist staff and students by making referrals to outside agencies for help with things like getting shoes, clothes, or food for families in need. This program is supported in part by Region 18 Child Abuse Prevention funds.
A support for teacher-nominated students in grades three though five who would benefit from consistent assistance in homework and enrichment activities. Teachers provide information about materials needed to complete homework assignments. During this time, students work on homework assignments and other tasks to address individual academic weaknesses. They receive a snack and, when their homework is finished, may have the opportunity to “play” with educational toys. Homework Clubs are offered after school, before school, and during the school day, depending on individual school preference.
Project 3, 2, 1 Read
Matches a community-volunteer with a struggling reader for a one-on-one weekly session of reading to and with the student. Each week the youngster is given a new book to enlarge the student’s personal library. Once the student is matched with a “reading friend”, CIS of Clark County commits to providing a volunteer for a full three years. This program is supported in-part by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.
One-on-one and small group tutoring is provided by Resource Coordinators during the school day for teacher-referred students.
Service Learning Clubs
Resource Coordinators collaborate with school officials to choose 10 -12 students with behavior problems. Service Clubs meet throughout the year to work on projects suggested by the students themselves. Some past projects include writing and sending care packages to a soldier overseas; becoming pen pals with members of a local nursing home; collecting items for needy children; and developing a teacher-appreciation garden complete with picnic tables, fountains, and flowers planted by the service club students.
Family Support Specialist
Are school and home-based services that connect families with needed community resources, work with parents, provide support in chaotic home situations, make referrals for family and individual therapy as needed, and work in partnership with therapists in providing identified services.
Family Support Specialists, provided through a partnership with Centerstone Mental Health, provide services to students who attend these schools and their families. These high-risk families frequently experience crises that directly affect student school success. Referrals to these services come from school personnel and the Resource Coordinators. The goal of this work is to increase school attendance and academic success.
The Dictionary Project
Dictionaries are provided to all Clark County 3rd graders through The Dictionary Project and funding from CIS of Clark County. Dictionaries are distributed by Resource Coordinators at all of the CIS-supported schools in the county.
CIS of Clark County obtains the professional vision specialists and coordinates the vision screening of all first graders in all three school districts in Clark County at no cost to parents.
This program works to address the external factors, which influence children’s academic achievement. Children receive coats, eyeglasses, shoes, lice shampoo, and other essential items. On an as-needed basis, CIS of Clark County also provides families in need of assistance with referrals to other community resources. This program is supported in-part by Region 18 Child Abuse Prevention funds and the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana.
21st Century Community Learning Centers
Through a grant from the Indiana Department of Education, nine Clark County elementary schools, and two middle schools will be 21st Century Community Learning Center Sites. 21st CCLC sites will offer after school academic enrichment opportunities for teacher and principal referred students in grades 3 – 5 at the elementary level, and grades 6 – 8 at the middle school level. In addition to homework assistance, tutoring, and ISTEP preparation, students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of other enrichment activities such as themed units, foreign language, scouting, drama, jazzercise and other hands on activities.
Extended Day Learning
Extended Day Learning is an academically-rich, structured and fun before- and after-school program, open to any child in grades K-6 that attends a Greater Clark County or Clarksville elementary or middle school. Before school from 6:30 a.m. and after school from dismissal to 6pm, students will take part in a variety of activities including: homework time / homework assistance, physical education, BrainPOP web-based learning & ISTEP testing preparation; and a wealth of enrichment programs including jazzercise, drama, foreign language, scouting, service learning, arts & crafts, music, and other exciting hands-on experiences. The program will take place at the child’s neighborhood elementary school. Click HERE for more information and registration materials.