Some of the programs provided at the center include the Floyd County Homemakers and Family Nutrition Program, GED, 4-H programs, and various health department initiatives.
“The center provides technology with internet service and a place for the students to get the needed school supplies at the beginning of the school year and throughout the year,” said Carole Rice, a retired teacher who provides instruction at the center. “If an emergency arises, we can give the parents support and care for their child. The center is a safe and supervised facility for the children to feel at home.”
Rice, along with Renee Seagraves, team to help the students from Monday through Thursday.
Along with the programs, children also receive awards for academic performance and attendance through the school year.
“One of the most rewarding experiences for the students living at Cliffside is the award party for good grades and attendance each nine weeks,” said Rice. “The students receive a nice monetary reward for good grades and attendance each grading period, along with pizza for students and family. We had three students with perfect attendance this school year.”
The students who received the perfect attendance awards were Ethan Spears, Ashleigh Hall, and Ashley Blackburn. All three received $100 each.
“We feel that many of the students try harder to have good grades and good attendance with these incentives,” Rice said. “We display their individual pictures for each area of accomplishment in the center for all family and residents to view. The students need a lot of encouragement from the parents, school and community in order to succeed in this society.”
The Cliffside Neighborhood Network Center is funded by donations, fundraisers and residual funds from the Church Housing Association.