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The grant will go toward programs addressing summer learning loss and achievement gaps, in partnership with Davie County Schools

MOCKSVILLE — The Davie Family YMCA was awarded a 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant worth $1.2 million over the next three years, which will help achieve educational equity. 

This grant will serve 200 students at Cooleemee and Cornatzer Elementary Schools, as well as North and South Davie Middle Schools for after school and summer education programming. This will be done through a program called Access Academy, done in partnership with Davie County Schools.

“We are thrilled to receive this grant, and we’re even more excited to see what the Y and Davie County Schools can accomplish together with it,” said Kim McClure, Vice President of Youth Development for the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina. 

Access Academy will provide social and emotional learning support, targeted academic interventions, and summer learning loss programming for students. The purpose of this program is to address socioeconomic disparities in education, ensuring every child regardless of income or background can learn, grow, and thrive while providing pathways to high school graduation and post secondary opportunities.   

“Helping the youth in our communities succeed is a critical part of what the Y does. Access Academy will give students the opportunity to excel and grow in confidence,” said Luke Harris, Executive Director of the Davie Family YMCA.

The program structure is designed to provide differentiated and targeted academic support in conjunction with existing supports in Davie County Schools to help improve the academic outcome for economically disadvantaged youth. 

“We are grateful for the strong partnership between the Davie Family YMCA and Davie County Schools,” said Jeff Wallace, Superintendent of Davie County Schools. “When community organizations unite efforts to support students, the entire community benefits. Our collaboration presents great efforts for Davie County. This grant directly supports our tutoring program, and we are blessed that our children will benefit so much from it.”   

About the Y: The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina is a nonprofit 501(c)(3). Our Mission: “Helping all people reach their God-given potential in spirit, mind and body.”  While our Association office is based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, we have 14 branches located in seven counties — Alexander, Davie, Iredell, Forsyth, Stokes, Wilkes and Yadkin. The YMCA is for Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. 

About DCS: Davie County Schools serves Pre-K and K-12 students in the Piedmont Triad, just west of Winston-Salem. DCS includes 6 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, Davie County High School, Davie County Early College High School, Central Davie Academy, and Davie County Virtual School with a mission to engage, equip, and empower students. DCS provides a safe, innovative learning environment where each individual is valued, respected, and challenged. An engaging staff and community ensure students learn, grow, create, and discover their talents through experiences that prepare them for success. With a robust arts program, Career and Technical Education and home to the War Eagles, Davie County High School is a member of the Central Piedmont 4-A Conference, offering competitive and well-rounded experiences for students and student athletes.