September 19, 2015

Community Learning Centers and Schools have something for the whole family

A group of Pre-K students participate in a science activity day provided through the University of Utah Department of Family and Consumer Studies at the Glendale-Mountainview Community Learning Center. Community Learning Centers and Schools have something for the whole family Community Learning Centers and Schools have something for the whole family Community Learning Centers and Schools have something for the whole family Community Learning Centers and Schools have something for the whole family
A group of Pre-K students participate in a science activity day provided through the University of Utah Department of Family and Consumer Studies at the Glendale-Mountainview Community Learning Center.|||||| A group of Pre-K students participate in a science activity day provided through the University of Utah Department of Family and Consumer Studies at the Glendale-Mountainview Community Learning Center.|||||| ||||||
By The West View

The warmth and sunshine of summertime provide a wealth of opportunities for youth and families to engage in activities. This is usually the time of the year when schools are empty and quiet.

However, the Community Learning Centers and Community Schools in the Salt Lake City School District are filled with activity during the summer. Classes are in session, summer academies are in full swing, and students are engaged in gardening, cooking, art, science, dance and more. Parents and community members are also at our schools learning English, staying healthy through nutrition and exercise classes, preparing to take their United States citizenship exams, and working with college access advisors, to name a few of the many of the offerings in these unique schools. This is the case year-round in the three CLC and Community School hub sites in the district. Schools are open for programming as early as 6:45 a.m. and as late as 9 p.m. up to 6 days a week.

Community Learning Centers and Community Schools have become a top priority for the school district as they recognize the necessity to ensure student academic success through modern and engaging schooling opportunities. CLCs have a focus on educating the whole child and of course the whole family. Working in partnership with community members, colleges, universities and multiple organizations, they provide educational pathway programming for many from infancy to adulthood.

Those interested in continuing their education and or finding a new home have a place in these unique schools. Five areas of focus for programming at the CLCs and Community Schools are: early childhood, youth enrichment and academic advancement, adult education, health and wellness, and community leadership and engagement. Additionally, the CLCs and Community Schools strive to create a secure foundation of support for families by increasing necessary access points to basic human rights, including: medical services, eye care, dental clinics, mental health services and food access for students and families.

Another important component of a CLC or Community School is the effort to create and foster a positive and welcoming school climate. This allows schools to build authentic relationships with families and community members that create spaces where families, residents, and youth can be involved in the school in meaningful ways. These family-community-school partnerships are necessary in order to ensure all students have the support that they need to be successful in school and in life.

To learn more about the programs and services available at the CLC or Community School closest to you, contact:

Lincoln Community Learning Center
1090 Roberta Street
Victoria Palauni, 801-578-8180, x225

Rose Park Community School
1105 West 1000 North
Joel Arvizo-Zavala, 801-578-8554, x194

Glendale-Mountain View Community Learning Campus
1388 South Navajo Street
Keri Taddie, 801-974-1902
www.facebook.com/GlendaleCLC