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Colorado ESSER Report: Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund

Mancos starts summer camp with ESSER III funds

A devastating tragedy rallied the small rural community of Mancos to offer a summer camp that gave students a needed outlet and teachers additional employment – thanks to $197,400 from ESSER III.

When two teenagers died by suicide in the summer of 2020 and 2021, the grief-stricken community came together with a sense of urgency for the summer months going forward. Teachers were burned out, and families didn’t have many care alternatives for their children.

Stedman afterschool program focuses on social-emotional skills

Stedman Elementary School in Denver’s North Park Hill neighborhood used $50,000 from an ESSER grant to offer an afterschool program specifically for boys of color.

Alamosa library creates summer learning program with ESSER funds

Alamosa Public Library created a lively summer learning program in a city park thanks to a $78,000 ESSER grant that got students enthusiastic about reading.

The Expanding Learning Opportunity grant from ESSER III enabled the library to buy books, art supplies and sports equipment and cover some of the staff salaries. About eight students ranging in age from 8 to 18 regularly attended the four-day-a-week program in Zapata Historic Park.

Afterschool theater program uses ESSER funding

Theatre SilCo in Silverthorne, formerly Lake Dillon Theatre Company, is filling an urgent need for after-school care in Summit County with $528,432 in grant funding from the ESSER III Expanded Learning Opportunities Grant Program.

ESSER III grant helps support St. Vrain's Project Launch summer program

Project Launch, a full-day summer program that is a collaboration between St. Vrain Valley Schools and four rural districts, is using a $2 million Expanded Learning Opportunities grant from ESSER III to expand the program over the next two years.

Denver summer arts and culture program gets help from ESSER grant

The Summer Arts & Culture Camp at Museo de las Americas, a program for low-income youth in downtown Denver for the past 13 years, has a waiting list 20 to 30 students every year, which is why organizers hope that pandemic funding through a CDE grant will help make the program more accessible.