Community Learning Center Programs
Beans and Rice, Inc. runs Community Learning Centers
at two sites in the City of Radford and one in the town of Pulaski.
These centers serve the needs of multiple age groups, including
preschoolers, children, youth, and adults in low-income housing
At Willow Woods and Fairfax Village in the City of Radford and at
Meadowview in the Town of Pulaski Beans and Rice provides some combination
of the following programs:
- Pre-School Program (PSP) Monday-Thursday from 1:00 to
3: 00 PM focuses on reading readiness skills including shapes,
colors, letters, and numbers, story time, educational games and
play, and free time. The children are provided with a
- After School Program (ASP) Monday-Thursday from 4:00 to 6:00
PM for K-4th grade focuses on homework time, educational play
and games, recreational activities, and cultural and educational
enrichment . These children receive a snack and a meal.
- Youth Leadership Program for teens and pre-teens Monday-Thursday
3:30-6:00 PM stresses self discipline, self-esteem, raised aspirations,
and high achievement. The program includes academics, service,
leadership, and academic enrichment projects. These Youth receive
a snack and a meal.
- Mealtime is a hot meal for program participants and the community
two to four evenings a week, depending on availability of funding.
- Drug Prevention Program for both children and adults . This
project is integrated into the existing programming.
- Neighborhood Network Computer Learning Centers are open four
days per week and integrated into all other programs.
- Adult Education including a computer literacy class, adult
literacy, GED, parenting skills, job readiness, and economic education
meets on a regular class schedule.
- Summer Program a ten week program which provides swimming instruction,
sports activities, weekly trips to Crow's Nest Farm for environmental
and educational activities, a weekly reading program with Radford
Public Library, and a weekly sports tournament and pizza party
to which the parents are invited.
- Youth Community Garden is a garden plot 20 by 20 at Fairfax
Village. Gardening is combined with curriculum around the environment
- Economic Development
1. Partnering with the New Enterprise Fund Beans and Rice is the
intake and support for savers in the Individual Development account
program. This is a two for one program which leads to home ownership,
post secondary education, or a business startup.
2. Beans and Rice also is engaged in developing local entrepreneurial
activity through a grant from the
Appalachian Regional Commission. This activity will lead to a
Highlanders Crafter network and a craft outlet on I81 in Pulaski
- Service-Learning Program provides placement for 75 Radford University
and Virginia Tech students per semester averaging 30 hours per
student. In addition we have developed four in service trainings
including 1) Orientation and Teambuilding, 2) Discipline through
Conflict Resolution, 3) a White Privilege Workshop and 4) a simulation
Life in the State of Poverty.
- Alternative Break Beans and rice was a site for Miliken University
and Cornell College students last year. This year they are sites
for Pepperdine, Jacksonville University, Appalachian State, Wheaton
College, and Delta State University. Alternative Break participants
work in the community learning centers and attend workshops leading
to a community development certificate.
- Scholarship Fund has been established to aid participants in
the program in receiving post secondary education
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