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Crete Public Schools

Crete Public Schools received a $30,000 grant to serve two sites:

Crete Intermediate School
Crete Middle School

Garden County Schools

Garden County Schools received a $16,443 grant to serve one site:

Garden County Elementary in Oshkosh

Lincoln Housing Authority

Lincoln Housing Authority received a $12,080 grant to serve one site:

Arnold Elementary School

Lexington Public Schools

Lexington Public Schools received a $30,000 grant to serve four sites:

Bryan Elementary School
Morton Elementary School
Pershing Elementary School
Sandoz Elementary School

Police Athletics for Community Engagement (P.A.C.E. Omaha)

Police Athletics for Community Engagement (P.A.C.E. Omaha) received a $14,481 grant to serve two sites:

Marrs Middle School
Norris Middle School

Expanded Learning Opportunities

Quality Afterschool and Summer Opportunities for Nebraska K-12 Youth

What is an ELO?

The term Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELOs) describes an array of safe and structured programs that offer healthy growth, development and academic opportunities for youth.

In Nebraska, 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLCs) are ELOs that provide educational and enrichment opportunities for K-12 youth when they’re not in school (afterschool, during the summer and/or days when school is not in session).  The priority for a 21st CCLC is to provide hands-on learning and positive youth development experiences for students who may have an opportunity gap, such as living in poverty, or are highly mobile, or are limited English proficient, or those who may start the school year learning below their grade level.

The framework for 21st Century Community Learning Center ELOs is school/community partnerships that offer a range of supervised activities, intentionally designed to encourage learning and development outside the typical school day yet aligned with the school day goals and objectives.  Click here for more information on the 21st Century Community Learning Center program in Nebraska.

Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln

Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln received a $29,322 grant to serve three sites:

Elliott Elementary School
Everett Elementary School
Huntington Elementary School

Lincoln CLC/Lincoln Community Foundation


Lincoln CLC/Lincoln Community Foundation received a $22,140 grant to serve three sites:

Belmont Elementary School
West Lincoln Elementary School
Goodrich Middle School

North Platte Public Schools

One-Year Opportunity Grant, North Platte Public Schools flyer

Working with Wildlife

The KIDS Klub afterschool program, within North Platte Public Schools, implemented an ELO project focused on building partnerships inside and outside the community. KIDS Klub grew relationships with over two dozen businesses and organizations that now provide programming aligned with school day learning objectives to the great benefit of their students. Leveraging multiple sources of funding, including the ELO One-Year Opportunity Grant, KIDS Klub created a robust “Working with Wildlife” program with Nebraska Game & Parks and the Lincoln Children’s Zoo.

Program leaders report that one of the most beneficial aspects of the program was the opportunity for students to get out of the classroom and learn from experts in the field through distance learning, site visits by partners, and field trips. Other positive outcomes included increased attendance and new registrants, career exposure, and supplemental high quality STEM education.

Image - North Platte PS grantPrimary project partners include:

  • KIDS Klub Afterschool Program, North Platte, NE
  • North Platte Public Schools, North Platte, NE
  • Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, North Platte, NE
  • Lincoln Children’s Zoo, Lincoln, NE

From the NEWS

– Journal Excerpts

– KIDS Klub “Working with Wildlife” Club – Video

KIDS Klub captivated by wildlife presentation
September 21, 2016
The North Platte Telegraph

KIDS Klub receives state grant for outdoor education
September 26, 2016

Happy Campers
September 27, 2016
The North Platte Telegraph

Update: KIDS Klub students visit Lincoln Children’s Zoo
October 20. 2016


Image - North Platte PS grant

Collective for Youth (Omaha)

Collective for Youth in Omaha received a $21,609 grant to serve eight sites:

Franklin Elmentary School
Gilder Elementary School
King Elementary School
Lothrop Elementary School
Miller Park Elementary School
Sherman Elementary School
Lewis and Clark Middle School
Monroe Middle School

Collective for Youth in Omaha received a $29,966 grant to serve nine sites:

Bancroft Elementary School
Belvedere Elementary School
Castelar Elementary School
Central Park Elementary School
Hartman Elementary School
Highland Elementary School
Howard Kennedy Elementary School
Liberty Elementary School
King Science Middle School