21st Century Community Learning Center Program

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Lehigh Elementary

School address: 200 Schoolside Court, Lehigh Acres, FL 33936

School phone number: 239-369-2477

21st Century Community Learning Centers at Lehigh Elementary

2022-2023 School Year

Program Duration: September 7th, 2022- May 25th, 2023

Program Days and Hours: Mondays-Thursdays 3:15 PM - 5:45 PM

21st Century Team at Lehigh Elementary

Site Coordinator: Betul Guner - [email protected] - 239-369-2477 ext. 314


ELA – Samantha Youd, ESE Lead,

STEM – Nichole Martin, 5th Grade Teacher

SPARK – Anthony Thomas, Physical Education Teacher

Instructional Support Staff:

Tanesha Gayle

Laura Woodby

Nora Martin


Lehigh Elementary is proud to host the 21st Century Program! 21st Century is a free after-school academic enrichment program for students in need of academic support. The 21st Century Community Learning Centers Expanded Learning Grant was awarded to the School District of Lee County in 2020 by the Florida Department of Education. The program is held during school hours and after school in order to help improve students’ achievement in English Language Arts, STEM, and Physical Education (SPARK). Additionally, all students attend weekly social-emotional learning lessons in small groups. 21st Century is not a tutoring program. Lessons are prepared by certified teachers according to the program curriculum. The 21st Century Program at Lehigh Elementary also organizes family engagement events for 21st Century students’ families.

Students who are eligible for the program are sent home permission slips at the beginning of the year. The program runs from Monday-Thursday every week. Dinner, snacks, and bus transportation are provided. Student attendance is crucial due to the monitoring of student achievement through the collection of academic data (pre- and post- testing and quarterly grades).

Site safety is facilitated by administrative designated staff who remain on site after school to handle student issues, facility management and bus transportation. The program adheres to the same student code of conduct and parent guidelines that are used during the school day at each site. The program is supported by the school district through a program administrator at the district office who provides technical and programmatic assistance during the school year and site-based administrators and coordinators. The Florida Department of Education monitors the program yearly to ensure compliance with grant guidelines and use of funding.


Jackson Morgan: [email protected]

Assistant Principal:

  Jessica Stafford: [email protected]


Anna Santiago: [email protected]



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Lehigh Elementary is the proud recipient of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant. These centers are located at elementary schools serving grades K through 5 including Franklin Park Elementary; Tice Elementary; Edgewood Elementary and Us. Each program serves students who have been identified for additional academic support and enrichment. Each program has certified teachers and uses project-based lessons to increase student academic achievement.  The programs will also focus on the social-emotional health and well-being of the students.

Family members of students served by the programs are requested to participate in a series of workshops to learn how best to support students in their academic development. These workshops are offered monthly throughout the school year.  Community agencies will join the effort and support families and students in the program and these include:  United Way; Big Brothers/Big Sisters; Sylvan Learning; IMAG History and Science Museum; Florida State University and Dunkin.

The after school program will meet daily Monday through Thursday each day that school is in session.  Students selected for the program are expected to attend on a daily basis. Designated, certified Teachers work in tandem to support the project-based lessons in a rotation schedule that includes English Language Arts/Social Emotional Learning and Math, Science/STEM. Students also participate in research-based Health and Wellness programs.  Student achievement is monitored through the use of pre and post testing. quarterly grades and rubrics.  Students receive both snack and supper and homework assistance from staff during the after school time.  Transportation is provided.  The program is free to eligible students and families.