21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Awarded


The Bleckley County Board of Education and Communities In Schools/Family Connection of Cochran and Bleckley County have been awarded continuation funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant (21st CCLC) from the State Department of Education for fiscal year 2011.

The 21st Century Community Learning Center, which opened on September 7, 2010, will include a variety of activities for students in grades 1-8.  These will include academic tutorial in math and language arts as well as science and social studies, homework assistance, art, enrichment and recreation.  The center will also provide a number of summer activities for the students as well as opportunities for parental involvement.

Mrs. Joan Couey will lead the 21st Century Learning Center team as the Program Director.  Mrs. Wanda Cobb will be working as the Program Director’s Assistant and handling the data entry.  Other team members include Mrs. Faye Tyus, Mrs. Linda Ursrey, Mrs. Lynn Young, Mrs. Vanessa Bolden, Ms. Madison Smith, Ms. Andrea Perkins, Mr. Brandon Fairfield and Ms. Teresa Long,  The goals of the 21st CCLC include assisting students in improving proficiency in reading/language arts and mathematics, promoting family literacy and parental involvement.

Our BCPS Site team members are Mrs. Elaine Mullis, Mrs. Debra Daniel, Mrs. Pam Lawson, Mrs. Emily Bryant, Mrs. Erin Davis, Mrs. Charlotte Cannon, Mrs. Bridget Brytan, Mrs. Lisa Smith, Mrs. Felicia Smith and Mrs. Stephanie Vickers.

The students will arrive at the 21st CCLC Monday – Thursday after school.  They will each be served a light meal and begin a rotation of tutorial assistance, homework completion, art & enrichment activities and recreation.

We are excited to have this opportunity for our children and families here in Bleckley County.  For more information, you may call Mrs. Joan Couey at 934-4300.


Drug Free Community Support Grant

Communities In Schools of Cochran & Bleckley County Inc. and Family Connection Community Partnership has been awarded a Drug Free Community Support Grant in the amount of $8,120 for five years as a part of the Region 9 award. With the help of the community, we will be able to gather critical information about issues that directly affect the quality of life in our area, specifically drug and alcohol-related abuse.

The Drug Free Community Support Grant has recently provided the outreach funds for a billboard displayed in town to Promote the Prevention of Underage Drinking!

2010-2011 Cochran/Bleckley Communtiy Collaborative

The Nominating Committee and Board of Directors have nominated and approved the following 2010-2011 Cochran/Bleckley Community Collaborative Board Members and Officers.

Cochran/Bleckley County Community Collaborative

Board of Directors–July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2011

Bob Bennett, Chairman
Roger Bryant, Vice Chairman
Stefanie Mathis, Treasurer
Vicki Cheek, Secretary
Mike Davis, Immediate Past Chair
Lane Collins
Jackie Bowen
Jan Dykes
Debbie Butler
Kathryn Fisher
Dr. Charlotte Pipkin
Kathy Baldwin
Kathy Peavy
Richard Smith
Debbie Martin
Jan Thomas
Shelia Nobles
Ken Youngblood
Suzi Gough
Todd Bishop
Jackie Wilson
Rob Grimsley
Janet Carnley
Jewel Trunell

The board meets the 4th Thursday of each month with the exception of December and the summer months. For more information on meeting dates for the entire collaborative please click on our Events Calendar.