Sunnyside Community Services After-School Literacy Curriculum.

The grant will be used to provide the Comic Book Project literacy curriculum to third, fourth, and fifth graders who participate in the after-school programs.

Sunnyside Community Services (SCS) provides a range of services to children, adults, and families in Queens. SCS operates out-of-school time (OST) programs at two elementary schools, offering students in kindergarten through sixth grade with tutoring, homework help, and recreational activities. SCS wants to provide a more standardized literacy curriculum and will implement The Comic Book Project for third to fifth graders in its after-school programs. Over a 20-week period, students engage in a process of planning, writing, and designing their own 8-page comic book. Youth build writing and comprehension skills and staff will be trained to more systematically track and improve student progress.

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