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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — With summer around the corner, school districts and state leaders are looking ahead to how to help students recover from COVID-related learning loss.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is launching its 2022 Expanded Learning Programming to achieve greater academic success.
According to a news release, each day, CMS students are learning to be leaders in a technologically savvy and globally competitive world. But often, a learning gap exists from the end of one school year to the start of the next.
This is where expanded, or in some cases, extended learning opportunities play a role. These programming opportunities will provide additional, and much-needed learning and teaching support for students during June, July, and August. 
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Free transportation and free breakfast and lunch will be provided for all programs except High School Graduate on Time and High School Credit Recovery. Registration for all expanded learning programs will occur at the individual school. Parents interested in exploring any of these programs for their student(s) should contact their school directly. 
The South Carolina Department of Education announced they’re giving $14.5 million in grant money to community programs. The funding is for summer and after-school programs aimed at COVID-related learning loss in disadvantaged communities.
Wings for Kids, based in Charleston, South Carolina, helps address social-emotional learning. It is one of the groups that will see some of that funding from the South Carolina Afterschool Alliance
Bridget Laird, CEO of Wings for Kids, said she is excited about the opportunity to grow. 
“We are expanding to rural programs within South Carolina, where we will be running after-school programs,” Laird said. “They’re focused on life skills, such as how to behave well how to make good decisions, how to build healthy relationships, persevere, communication skills, all wrapped into what we call social-emotional learning.” 
South Carolina Education Department is partnering with South Carolina Afterschool Alliance. The first year of funding is expected to be directed to 45 organizations, potentially benefiting four thousand students. 
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