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New Jersey Department of Education Office of Student Support Services 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program and Out-of-School Time Resources
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Buena Regional School District

Project Director: Melissa Mendez
914 Main Street
Richland, NJ 08350
Phone: (856) 697-8080
Fax: (856) 697-8085
mmendez@buena.k12.nj.us 

County: Atlantic
Serving School District:  Buena Regional School District
CCLC Sites:
Cleary Elementary School
Buena Regional Middle School

Partners:
AtlantiCare Behavioral Health Systems
Atlantic County Institute of Technology
Serving Grade Level: 4-8
No. of Students to be Served: 225
No. of Adults to be Served: 100

Times of Service: After School: Buena Regional Middle School 3-6pm, Cleary Elementary School 3:30-6:30pm; Summer Session 9am-1pm

ABSTRACT: The Buena Regional School District's Out-of -School Time (BOOST) Program ran from February 2005 until July, 2009 at Buena Middle School through previous funding from a NJDOE 21st CCLC grant.  For school year 2009-2010, a scaled down BOOST program continued with the use of ARRA funding.  BOOST is the only academically focused after school activities provider to the students in the sending communities of Buena Township, Buena Borough, Milmay Township, Newfield Township and Newtonville.  The current 21st CCLC BOOST program now runs out of the Buena Middle School for students in grades 6 through 8 and the new Cleary Elementary School for 4th and 5th graders.  Collaboration of community partners continues to grow and access to educational programs during non-school hours for students and their families is at an all-time high.  The program continues to drive all activities, field trips and enrichment to be closely linked to the theme-based learning of career awareness and exploration.  For this reason, The Atlantic County Institute of Technology has been added as a new partner with the BOOST program providing hands-on career exploratory activities meant to direct students towards long range personal goals as well help towards participant retention through the 8th grade.  AtlantiCare Behavioral Health, long time program partner, will coordinate activities with the BOOST program and provide cohesive pre-teen behavioral centered services, and reach out to families in the areas of literacy and family involvement. The BOOST program will support regular academic achievement in the areas of New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards along with the standards for workplace readiness aligned with the career awareness theme. The BOOST advisory board has identified bullying as an area of concern and the focus of their action research plan.  The advisory board and BOOST staff are currently in the process of information analysis with the local external evaluator, BOOST Student Council, Buena teachers, administrators and parents in order to take the appropriate steps to educate students on all aspects of bullying and bring about behavioral changes in the afterschool participants.