An after-school tutoring and enrichment program for Carroll County students received a continuation grant from the state last month which will help fund the program for the next five years.

Carroll County school officials learned the district had been awarded a $352,500 grant from the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program in late January. The funds must be used for programs outside of the regular school day.

"We're so happy to be able to continue providing these services to the children of Carroll County," Superintendent Lisa James said in a release. "This grant ensures that our students will have unbroken opportunities for after-school programming from the time they enter Kathryn Winn until they leave Carroll County Middle School."

School districts must apply with a community partner's support when applying for the grant, which is administered through the Kentucky Department of Education.

The Carroll County Parks and Recreation serves as the community partner for the Carroll County 21st Century Community Learning Centers Lighthouse program for grades kindergarten through three. The Carroll County Ministerial Association serves as the community partner for grades four through eight.

"We share your interest in our county's children and look forward to the role we will play in this grant's work among us," Carroll County Ministerial Association President Chris White said. "Every minute and dollar spent on our children through this after-school effort is worthwhile."

For more information about services offered through the Carroll County Lighthouse program, contact Sheila Chowning at (502) 732-6834.