21st Century Learning Center (OTZ)

Come Play and Learn!

K-2 After-School Club
Wednesday – Friday, 3:30-5:00PM
June Nelson Elementary School

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The 21st Century Afterschool Program in Kotzebue’s June Nelson Elementary School provides fun learning activities during out-of-school hours. The club serves to expand literacy opportunities for children kindergarten through 2nd grade, so they become independent readers and gain a love for literacy. The program offers parents and community members the opportunity to join children on their academic journey and nurture the future of Kotzebue youth, through parent involvement and cultural enrichment.

“This is the place we see the children happiest. Even after a long day of school, kids are still excited to come here.” – June Nelson parent on the K-2 After-School Club

K-2 After-School Club offers:

  • Awesome Books!
  • Healthy Snacks
  • Online Reading Program
  • Hands-on Literacy Activities
  • Physical Activity
  • Attendance Awards
  • Super Saturdays / Friday Fun Nights
  • Community Field Trips
  • Cultural Activities
  • Parent and Community Participation

This is a 21st Century Community LearninCenter, and it operates as a partnership between
SERRC-Alaska’s Educational Resource Center, and the Northwest Arctic Borough School District.

The center is federally-funded and administered by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. You can learn more about the program here.

JNE program

After-school programs boost student achievement

Children who regularly attend quality programs from 1-4 hours each week have:

  • Better attendance, grades and behavior in school (Durlak, Weissberg, & Pachan, 2010);
  • Reduced initiation of drug use by 50% if they have participated in early childhood education and afterschool programs. (James Heckman, University of Chicago, 2006);
  • Better relationships with students and adults; and
  • More academic and enrichment opportunities.

If you are interested in hosting a field trip, volunteering with the program or having your K-2 child join the program, please contact Kat Souser at SERRC toll-free at 877-349-0651, or Patrick Henry at the June Nelson Elementary School at 907-442-1892.

What We Do + Program Pictures

Program Background

Slideshow, SY 12/13

Celebration Slideshow, SY 14/15

News Stories

Learning Center Holds Summer Camp- Arctic Sounder 2017

Celebrating local superheroes – Arctic Sounder, 2016

Kids find potential in after-school program – Arctic Sounder, 2015

After-School Program Hits the Mark in Kotzebue – Arctic Sounder, 2014

Kotzebue After-School Program Welcomes Students – Arctic Sounder, 2016

Archived News Stories

Community Engagement

ACT Events, SY 17-18

Community Flier

School Flier

Newsletters, SY 17-18

April Newsletter, SY 16-17

January Newsletter, SY 16-17

Nov/Dec Newsletter, SY 16-17

October Newsletter, SY 16-17

Newsletters, SY 15-16

Newsletters, SY 14-15

Newsletters, SY 13-14

Program Evaluations

Program Evaluation, SY 18-19

Program Evaluation, SY 16-17

Program Evaluation, SY 15-16

Program Evaluation, SY 14-15

Program Evaluation, SY 13-14

Program Evaluation, SY 12-13