Community Education

Community Education
Posted on 10/14/2019
Community EducationNovember 14 is National Community Education Day!   The concept of Community Education began in Flint, Michigan during the Depression. It was developed to provide programs outside of the school day for children and expanded to include adult education programs. Back in 1969 Minnesota Governor Harold Levander hosted the "Conference On Lighted Schools." The purpose of this conference was to identify ways in which public schools facilities could be used by the community for educational, social and recreational purposes beyond the regular school day and school year.  In 1969 Montevideo was one of the original 15 school districts in MN to receive a $5,000 start up grant for Community Education. It has grown to provide quality programs to learners of all ages and abilities: infants and preschoolers, school-aged children, adults and seniors. Community Education has a long-practiced philosophy of citizen and community engagement and collaborative partnerships, key components in connecting the schools and the community. Here are some key ways that we are making a difference in our community.