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Be Great Suncoast

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The Boys & Girls Club of Hernando County is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) grant from the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE).  This grant funds a free after school learning program at Suncoast Elementary School, named "Be Great Suncoast".


Be Great Suncoast will provide an extended Academic enrichment program that is designed to enhance and solidify the lessons learned during the school day.  By providing fun, Project Based Learning (PBL) activities members of Be Great Suncoast will increase their retention of lessons which will improve their grades and scores on Florida Assessments.  In addition, a Personal enrichment program has been incorporated that will include research-based curricula from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA).  The Triple Play curriculum is designed to improve the overall health of members by increasing their daily physical activity, teaching them good nutrition and helping them develop healthy relationships.  The SMART program curriculum is a nationally acclaimed prevention program that exposes members to various activities designed to hone their decision-making and critical-thinking skills, as well as learn how to avoid and/or resist alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.  

Be Great Suncoast will commence immediately after the end of the school day, 3:10pm, and will run until 6:00pm.  Children attending will be provided dinner, which they may decline.  Be Great Suncoast will be open at 12:10pm on Early Dismissal Days.   On these days, members will be participating in educational field trips.  The program will not be open during Professional Days, School-Out Days, Holidays or Breaks.



Intent to Apply – 21st CCLC Grant Funding

Boys & Girls Club of Hernando County hereby notifies the local community of our intention to apply to the Florida Department of Education 21st Century Community Learning Centers program grant to support out of school time (OST) programming at the Suncoast Elementary School in Spring Hill, Florida.  The Club will submit the application to FDOE on August 10 of 2018. If granted, funds will be used to support additional learning time for the students at Suncoast Elementary School in Spring Hill, FL. 

The purpose of the federally-funded Florida 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Grant is to support additional learning time for students in grades K-12 before and/or after school and during the summer that provides creative and engaging academic enrichment opportunities that will help to meet the challenging State academic standards; address college and workforce readiness and success, in addition to offer students a broad array of additional services, programs and activities such as youth development activities, service learning, nutrition and health education, drug and violence prevention programs, counseling programs, arts, music, physical fitness and wellness programs, technology education programs, financial literacy programs, environmental literacy programs, mathematics, science, career and technical programs, internship or apprenticeship programs, and other ties to an in-demand industry sector or occupation for high school students that are designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program of participating students; and offer families of students served by community learning centers opportunities for active and meaningful engagement in their children’s education, including opportunities for literacy and related educational development.

More information about the 21st CCLC Program may be obtained by visiting the following webpage on the website of the Florida Department of Education:

Questions or public input about the 21st CCLC program and grant proposal may be directed at Boys & Girls Club of Hernando County at 352-666-0068 or

Below is a copy of the RFP for this grant.  Once our proposal is submitted, our proposal will also be available here.