A rigorous local evaluation of the Bedford County 21st Century After School program showed lots of positives.
And while the program fell short in some State Performance targets, in many of those areas comparisons to a control group indicate that regular attendees showed significant positive academic gains compared to the control. E-mail the project director if you'd like more information about the evaluation.
Bedford County 21st Century Community Learning Center Consortium after school program’s “Bedford County Heritage Project.” Through a partnership with the Bedford Heritage Trust, both elementary and secondary students create short videos that are designed to help students bring the county’s history to life. Students visit Fort Bedford Museum each year and teams chose artifacts to inspire their creation of 3-5 minute videos that showcased events or life in the county’s history. “Teams work extremely hard on their projects and many show extraordinary creativity,” said Lyn Skillington, project director for the countywide consortium. “Most have had no prior experience in working as part of a team on a longterm project, let alone understanding the creative and technical skills necessary to produce videos that could bring their vision to life. There were many excellent videos created each year by student teams in both our elementary programs (grades 2-5) and secondary programs (grades 6th-12th). At the end of each year, winners in many categories are chosen to be honored at a "Red Carpet" awards ceremony, with winning videos shown to all county After 3 and After School students. Winning videos are posted on the project's .