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La Feria ISD Holds a Successful Summer ACE Program

By Mike Villarreal

The Afterschool Centers on Education (ACE) program in La Feria has continued to be successful this year, thanks to our community’s unwavering support and involvement. Last year marked the introduction of the afterschool program in La Feria. Thanks to the 2023–2024 Nita M. Lowey 21st CCLC grant, the program is provided at no cost.

After La Feria ISD applied for the competitive grant, they were awarded a 5-year grant of $1.150 million per year. The federally funded ACE program, which has shown a significant positive impact on students’ academic performance, provides both enrichment and academic activities throughout the after-school program. The program serves K-12 students in Title 1 schools, and it is available at all La Feria ISD campuses. Students focus on both academic needs and enrichment during the couple of hours spent after school. Each campus provides its own course schedule.

The program offers a wide range of activities, including homework help, tutoring, hands-on learning, and enrichment activities such as music, literacy, fitness, and projects that build character, motivation, confidence, and leadership skills. This diverse range of activities is a testament to the school’s commitment to providing comprehensive enrichment opportunities.

The ACE program offers a variety of engaging activities for students throughout the academic school year and also during the summer. This summer, the program’s activities will continue until July 1st.
At Dominguez Elementary’s summer camp, students have participated in various academic and enrichment activities. They have enjoyed weekly educational field trips to exciting places such as the Gladys Porter Zoo, Cameron County Court at Law #3 with Judge David Gonzales III, the La Feria Aquatic Center, and Texas Southmost College of Brownsville. Experts from Texas A&M Agri-Life and TrillaVission have been leading activities on campus. Students from kindergarten to 12th grade have been able to take part in a rich array of on-campus activities, including culinary arts, cosmetology, arts & crafts, E-sports, physical education, nutrition workshops for kindergarteners to 5th graders, dance, theater, Lego Spike kits, and drone activities.

Furthermore, W.B. Green Jr. High and La Feria Early College High School students had the opportunity to participate in a three-day camp at Texas Southmost College in Brownsville. During this immersive experience, students engaged in hands-on activities such as welding and metalwork, police combat tactical training, and engine mechanics.
Information and photos from the La Feria ISD Facebook page

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