|Creating Rural Opportunities Partnership (CROP)
The Creating Rural Opportunities Partnership (CROP) After School and Summer Program is a consortium of ten rural upstate school districts,including Andes, Charlotte Valley, Gilboa-Conesville, Hunter-Tannersville, Jefferson, Margaretville, Roxbury, South Kortright, Stamford and Windham-Ashland-Jewett.
Beginning in July 2017, four new schools will join (or re-join) the partnership: Laurens, Milford, Morris, and Worcester. These fourteen schools are funded as the result of two successful grant applications for the federally funded 21st Century Community Learning Centers program. The grant awards are scheduled to run for five years, however continued funding is contingent on federal budget approval.
CROP’s mission is to grow citizens who contribute positively to their communities. CROP provides an after-school environment that is safe and supportive, promotes student achievement through academic improvement and enrichment opportunities, fosters learning through personal, social, and positive youth development opportunities; and engages parents and guardians with their children in experiences that foster a greater connection with their school and community.
Vision of Program Partners
Roxbury Central School District (RCS) and Morris Central School District (MCS) act as the Local Educational Agencies for the CROP programs. In addition to the fourteen partnered school districts, CROP has established two levels of partners – major partners and community resource partners.
Major partners play a significant role in programming and have been extensively involved in the success of CROP’s 21st Century Community Learning Center project thus far. CROP's major partners include the Farmers' Museum and Fenimore Art Museum, and Hanford Mills Museum who provide academic enrichment sessions; the Schoharie County Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (SCCASA), Leatherstocking Education on Alcoholism/Addictions Foundation (LEAF), and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of Delaware County (ADAC) who provide life skills, drug and alcohol awareness, parenting, and character education programs; the Roxbury Arts Group (RAG) and Community Arts Network of Oneonta (CANO), who provides arts and cultural programming, Otsego County Girls on the Run (GOTR) and Hawk Circle Wilderness Education. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County provides cooking and nutrition classes for both students and parents; and the Greater Roxbury Learning Initial Corporation (GRLIC)provides technology classes to CROP parents.
The Community Resource Partners are a wide variety of community organizations identified within the individual CROP communities. These partners have pledged to provide service or programs to CROP students. Some examples of support include: volunteerism by Rotary Clubs,read-aloud program at libraries, Parent Teacher Associations, scout troops, community action organizations, church groups, local businesses,retirement homes, etc. Anyone who wants to make a difference in the community and support their school as a 21st Century Community Learning Center can become a Community Resource Partner.
Liz Congdon (LCongdon@oncboces.org)
CROP Program Manager