Manatee Charter School Receives 21st Century Grant

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Manatee Charter School is a tuition-free public charter school educating students in grades K-8 who reside in Bradenton, Florida

Program aims to improve student performance with creative enrichment programs

BRADENTON, Fla. (Sept. 6, 2016) – Manatee Charter School has been awarded a $150,000 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant to reinforce enrichment programs geared toward improving academic performance and enhancing family literacy development and parental involvement. The funds will support community partnerships currently forged with Mad Science of Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), the American Heart Association, Florida Studio Theater and others.

“Our goal is to give students hands-on, project-based programs that engage them in a way that they can bring home to their parents what they’ve learned in school,” said Tameka Howard, the school’s 21st CCLC Grant program director.

“The American Heart Association recently provided students with their own mini figures to learn CPR,” added Howard. “They could then take those mini figures home to show their parents. This helps not only the students, but the entire family.”

The after-school enrichment programs are designed to bring classroom learning to a new level. For example, Florida Studio Theater incorporated a writing program with dance. Students have also learned some coding through a robotics program.

“We are thrilled to be able to provide our students with opportunities to expand their learning,” said Debra Tracy, Manatee Charter School’s new principal. “We are always searching for ways to move the bar and improve student performance which eventually translates to a successful journey to high school, college or career and beyond. We want students to learn life skills that they will take with them into adulthood.”

Manatee Charter School is part of the Charter Schools USA Inc. (CSUSA) family of schools. The school is governed by Renaissance Charter School, Inc., which has been operating a network of the highest performing charter schools in Florida for over a decade including the State’s first National Blue Ribbon Charter School after which this school is patterned. CSUSA, the first education management company to receive corporation system-wide accreditation through AdvancED, is one of the nation’s leading charter school management companies. CSUSA currently manages 77 schools in seven states serving nearly 65,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. In the 2016-2017 school year, the number will expand to 84 schools with more than 75,000 students. CSUSA innovative educational advantages include advanced technology, meaningful parental involvement, student uniforms, consistent and fairly enforced discipline policies, highly qualified and motivated staff, community focus, integrated character education and high academic growth and performance.

Enrollment for Manatee Charter School is underway. Those interested may apply online at

Media Contact:

Colleen Reynolds, APR – public relations counselor for Manatee Charter School
(239) 437-0040
Cell: (239-849-6400

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