New Jersey Department of Education Office of Student Support Services 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program and Out-of-School Time Resources


Project Director: Ms. Marilyn Jamal
426 Charleston Avenue
Lawnside, NJ 08045-1404
Phone: (856) 546-4850 ext 2215
Fax: (856) 547-3865
Email: mjamal@lawnside.k12.nj.us

County:  Camden

Servicing School District: Camden

CLC Sites: Lawnside Public School

Partners: Haddon Heights High School, Mount Zion Methodist Church, Nutri-Serve Food Management

Serving Grade Level: 4-8

No. of Students to be served: 75

No. of Adults to be Served: 75

Times of Services:  Afterschool beginning on October 1, 2012: 3:15-6:15 PM; Summer: 8:30AM-
The 21st Century Community Learning Center Program at the Lawnside Public School District LPSD is a theme based program that focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, STEM. Today, only 23% of college freshman declare a STEM major. But just 40% of those that elect STEM majors freshman year receive a STEM degree within 6 years, about 6% of the total 3.6 million student population. We can't make progress in our society or compete globally if these students are leaving the STEM fields.

National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Research tells us the minority and low socioeconomic circumstances, shows an expanding ethnicity gap for Americans pursuing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics STEM careers. Additionally, findings state that the percentage of bachelor's degrees in engineering awarded to black students declined significantly from 1995 to 2005, from 3.3 percent to 2.5 percent.

The LPSD, with a student population of 87%  African Americans and 70% of the students eligible for free or reduced lunch, is well positioned to take advantage of the 21st CLCC STEM focused after school program. 

From 2008 until 2018, many of the fastest growing jobs in the service sector are and will be STEM related, high end occupations that include doctors, nurses, health technicians and engineers. Industries projected to have the most employment growth are in scientific, technical and management consulting, computer systems design, and employment services.  Astronomer Carl Sagan states, It's suicidal to create a society that depends on science and technology in which no one knows anything about science and technology and that's the road that we are headed down. You need to generate the scientists and engineers, starting in elementary school, and middle school, you have to fund the research that those scientists go on to do-the fundamental research. You have to generate the engineers that can turn those scientific breakthroughs into products and services.  As a society, we do produce students who function at the highest levels in math and science internationally. The problem is we don't produce enough of them.

Our focus at the LPSD is to create STEM classrooms that offer a curriculum that is integrated, emphasize questioning and inquiry, and give students frequent opportunities to apply engineering design and problem-solving.

In addition to the STEM infused curriculum the 21st CCLC program at Lawnside provides academic remediation in the core academic areas, homework help and tutoring. Academic enrichment activities that expand on youth teaming in ways that differ from the methods used during the school day,  including a robotics program our provided. Cultural and artistic opportunities for artistic knowledge and discovery, in the form of, African drumming, dance and martial arts are included in our activity centers. Youth development opportunities, including student council, character education, for students to enhance their interests, skills and abilities into adulthood, are addressed. Parental involvement activities, provide opportunities for parents to gain new knowledge and increase participation in their children's education. Diverse focus groups, Symposiums, and a four week STEM enriched summer program are also a part of our activity plan. As we continue to expose our students and parents to areas that will enrich their knowledge base LearnDoEarn, will become an addition to our program activities during the 2012 and 2013 program years for both students and parents. Also, the Youth Advocacy Project of Camden County will provide anger management sessions and student mentoring to address the issue of bullying that plaques our community and society.