Leading Enrichment Afterschool in Del Valle (LEAD) program started its ninth year this month, offering robust afterschool enrichment to students at all schools across the district in grades K-12. The program originally began in 2011 through the 21st Century Grant from the State of Texas.
At the conclusion of the grant in Spring 2014, the Del Valle ISD Board of Trustees voted to keep the program fully-funded through district funds, at no cost to students beginning with the 2014-2015 school year. Since then, the program expanded to serve over 2,000 students at nine elementary schools, three middle schools, and Del Valle High School yearly. Enrollment at the secondary campuses for the 2019-2020 school year is the highest in the history of the program.
The LEAD program provides up to three hours of daily after school enrichment activities. Classes are an extension of the school day providing experiences in athletics, fine arts, technology, leadership, career exploration, and college readiness. In addition, Del Valle ISD partners with more than 25 local organizations to provide a variety of programming and experiences addressing the individual needs of the students on the campus.
The LEAD program showcases student success through a variety of district-wide performance opportunities, competitions, and events throughout the year. Examples of these experiences include an elementary robotics competition, chess tournaments, spelling bee, battle of the books, sports leagues, and tournaments, district-wide fine arts event, Ballet Folklorico competitions, Science Olympiad and college, and career visits.
We are excited for a new year of LEAD programming and look forward to watching our LEAD students make us proud in Del Valle,” said Fine Arts and LEAD Coordinator Morganne Davies, “By including programming from local organizations and DVISD staff, our students are provided a wealth of experiences that enrich skill sets to be applied outside of the school day