Welby's 21st CCLC Grant

An aspect of Mapleton Public Schools that I find inspiring is how dedicated our teachers are to making sure students have opportunities to contribute to their communities in meaningful ways. It is clear that Mapleton instills a sense of academic pride and rigor in the classroom, but students are also shown the importance of helping others and investing in their communities.


Grants are an important resource for schools and often provide funds to implement extracurricular, community-building programs. Oona Wellin, Welby Community School’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Grant Coordinator, recently highlighted how a grant program inspired students to support their community by giving back to a local animal shelter.


Welby Community School’s 21st CCLC Grant provides before and after school enrichment and academic programming for students and families. One of the most impactful programs is Student Council. During weekly meetings students brainstorm ways to improve their school and the greater community. Throughout the school year, students have been focused on how COVID-19 has impacted their community and what they can do to help those in need.


As an Expeditionary Learning (EL) school, Welby celebrates Better World Day each year to find ways to connect to their communities and each other while finding ways to improve the world around them. Welby’s fifth graders in the Student Council felt compelled to help the Adams County Animal Shelter, and used Better World Day as a jumping off point to plan a day of service.


Students spent their meetings creating fleece blankets for animals in the shelter and even planned a school-wide donation drive for food and other supplies. They even got Welby’s director, Ms. Booth, excited to make some fleece blankets for the animals! On Better World Day, Friday, May 7, staff delivered the blankets, food, bowls, and toys to the shelter.


The 21st CCLC Grant was able to give Welby students the resources necessary to support an organization in their community that was in need. Amazing job, students!


If you would like to learn more about Welby Community School, visit www.mapleton.us/welbycommunity.