Jan 11 – ANDERSON – Anderson Middle School fifth-grader Kallen Idlewine released her book, “Rubix,” as part of the Becoming an Author Club offered by the school district.
The Authors’ Storytelling Club is part of ACE Clubs, an organization that runs various after-school clubs for students at Anderson Community School to explore interests that are not typically offered at school.
“We’re always looking to provide unique clubs and opportunities for students who might not feel plugged into some of the traditional activities,” said Grant Fulton, director of ACE District Clubs, which stands for Achieve, Create and Explore.
Examples of club include Kids in the Kitchen, Puzzle and Board Games, Canvas Painting, Leather Crafts, and Legos.
The clubs are funded by a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant that aims to “provide opportunities for academic enrichment during non-school hours for children, especially students who attend very poor and poorly performing schools.” , according to the Learning Centers website. .
ACS received the grant in the last five years and had already obtained grants in the early 2000s. Due to the competitiveness of this grant, it is not guaranteed every year.
AIS, Eastside Elementary School, and Highland Middle School all have their own ACE clubs, which focus on students in Grades 3 through 8.
Another club is Become an Authors’ Club, which is new to the ACS this school year.
At AIS, the Becoming an Author Club is headed by librarian Schneida Burgess.
During the program, which lasts for one academic term at ACS, she teaches students descriptive storytelling through a variety of activities.
“If students complete the program completely, they can publish their book and get a hard copy of the book,” Fulton said.
According to Fulton, Kallen was the first AEC student to publish a book through the club.
He noted that Kallen had even signed up to complete the program a second time and publish another book.
“Since he published it, we have had 21 other students who wanted to participate in this program,” said Fulton.
In addition to offering students an interesting afternoon activity, ACE clubs also offer academic support to all students involved.
“We want to make sure they do well in the classroom, just like they get rich after school,” Fulton said. “We’re kind of trying to bridge that gap.”
Data collected by Fulton showed that 80% of students who regularly attend ACE clubs either maintained a B or better in English or math, or improved their grade in that class.
Fulton said these students also increased their participation in class, improved homework submission rates and improved attendance.
This program is offered to all students of AIS, HMS and E2. ACE Clubs offers quarterly registrations, the next registration just before spring break.
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