The New York State Education Department has deemed the Bridgehampton School District a 21st Century Community Learning Center, awarding it a grant of approximately $2.5 million spanning the next five years.
The district was selected from a large pool of applicants vying for the competitive grant, which will support after-school and summer enrichment programs for kids in every grade at Bridgehampton, including prekindergarten.
In a statement, Mary Kelly, the superintendent, said that providing "engaging, meaningful, and rigorous enrichment and learning opportunities" is the goal. It will boost Bridgehampton's offerings in science, technology, reading, engineering, arts, and mathematics, collectively known in the education world as "STREAM." Examples include game design, a fabrication technology lab, theater arts, filmmaking, history and environmental programs, and wellness initiatives.
"The grant will also allow us to build upon our current programs and will support our strategic goal of providing challenging curriculum and life experiences that emphasize collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking," Ms. Kelly said.