|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.
CROP’s vision is to achieve excellence in the after school program so that all students can learn, achieve and have the confidence to succeed in our ever changing world.
CROP’s mission is to provide 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
The Roxbury Central School District (RCS) acts as the Local Educational Agency for the CROP programs. In addition to the ten 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 Arts Museum, and Hanford Mills Museum who provide academic enrichment sessions, the Schoharie County Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (SCCASA) 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), who provides arts and cultural programming, Otsego County Girls on the Run (GOTR), Hawk Circle Wilderness Education,and Learning for Life. 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