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Monument Mountain to begin new after-school programming

Ariana Shaw-Pas, 15, of Stockbridge, sketches a design for one of the posters advertising the new after-school winter programs at Monument Mountain Regional High School. (Emily Thurlow)

GREAT BARRINGTON — Monument Mountain students are going to be spending even more time at school this winter.
Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 21, Monument Mountain Regional High School will launch more than 10 new after-school programs over the winter through an initiative known as “Project Connection.” The school was awarded nearly $200,000 in funding from the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant Program (CCLC) to implement additional learning time through out-of-school time programming or through an expanded day, according to Amy Shaw, educational director for out of school time learning for Berkshire Hills Regional School District. The idea of developing the programming is to design help close proficiency/opportunity gaps, increase student engagement, support social and emotional learning, and promote college and career readiness and success, said Shaw.
CCLC funding is awarded in a three-year cycle and coordinated for the district by Tom Kelly, who has launched Project Connection programs at Muddy Brook Elementary and Monument Valley Regional Middle schools.
“Project Connection encourages students to participate in after-school activities that have an academic component built into the curriculum. After-school programming is very important. It helps to expand the classroom learning experience and reinforce skills,” said Shaw. “It aids in socioemotional development, creating positive relationships, possible career pathways, identifying passions and other realities and to feel good as learners.”

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