Space still open for CIS Programs

2Communities in Schools of Delaware (CISDelaware), in partnership with Milford Central Academy and Milford High School, and funding provided by have planned two comprehensive summer academies. The 4-week CIS STEAM Academy and CIS Summer Academy begins on July 7 and will focus on providing students with academic enrichment. Both programs have 3 components including focusing on academics, preparing students to succeed as they move into adulthood and connecting the students to the school and other community partners.

The Communities in Schools STEAM Academy is available to all Milford Central Academy students free of charge and specifically introduces students to hands-on experiences with Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics. These experiences include the following theme weeks: Legos, Roller Coasters, Theatre, and Astronomy. Free breakfast, snack, and transportation to and from the school are also provided by CISDelaware each day. In addition, students will attend three field trips to Delaware State University for a college tour, 2nd Street Players theatre in downtown Milford and Six Flags amusement park.

“The State of Delaware is pushing students to have an early introduction to the STEAM curriculum and this program helps students at a critical age,” commented Lakisha Wingard, Communities In Schools of Delaware College and Career Readiness Coordinator. “If we can catch these students early with personal development and academic enrichment we can give them a head start.”

The Communities in Schools Summer Academy is available to all rising Milford High School 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students FREE of charge. Free lunch, snack, and transportation to and from the school are also provided by CISDelaware each day. Students will receive academic enrichment in Math, English/Language Arts and other subjects as needed, in preparation for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year.

“With it being the summer season, we do not want students doing nothing. They need to stay consistent with their studies and we will be providing them with that,” commented Wingard. “We will focus on math, language arts and making sure they are prepared for the next school year.”

Pre-registration is required for both programs. Please contact, Keenon Mann, CISDelaware Program Director, at (302) 533-8336 or Registration forms may also be picked up at Milford Central Academy and Milford High School, or viewed online at

Both programs are made possible by federal funding from the Delaware Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grant. Through empirical data evaluation, CISDelaware will track students for personal and academic improvement.

“We anticipate a raise in test scores and letter grades coupled with an increased interest in school, personal development, and preparation for the future,” said Wingate.

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