Big Rapids Middle School in Big Rapids, Michigan, is the home of a Community Learning Center.
Here are some facts about the after-school program:
Big Rapids Middle School is the town's only middle school. Most of its students come from dual-income or single-parent families; 90 percent are Caucasian, and 10 percent are minority. With a quarter of Big Rapids' land used for farming, homes are spread out, and students ride the bus to school from as far as 20 miles away.
The after-school Community Learning Center was created at Big Rapids to improve academic performance and to provide enrichment activities for its students, who are geographically isolated from one another and often on their own after school. After one year, 65 percent of Big Rapids' students are enrolled.