Homework Assistance

Using State certified teachers, ESS provides homework assistance to students enrolled in the program. Students review daily homework assigned by regular day teachers, identify areas of difficulty and, through ESS, have access to teachers specializing in designated disciplines to help them understand how to complete the assignment.



Each enrolled student is pre-tested using a computer adaptive diagnostic assessment that is research-based and aligned to State Academic Standards. The pre-test identifies the student’s skill/learning gaps across a range of subjects. An Individual Learning Plan (ILP) is designed for each individual student based on pre-test scores and feedback from parents and the regular day teacher.

Web-based and pencil/paper intervention or instruction occurs based on the ILP. Post-tests confirm the degree of mastery the student has demonstrated for the skill tested. Skills not mastered are re-assigned and re-taught until passed at the 80% mastery level.


From left to right:
Jesse Tyler (21st CCLC Mentoring Coordinator), and Joseph Lakes interacting with residents.

From left to right:
Jesse Tyler (21st CCLC Mentoring Coordinator), and Rev. Jamel Yates (Pastor of Kindling Star Baptist Church and 21st CCLC Volunteer).

A “Mentor for Every Student” is the objective of the Mentoring program as we strategize to help each student make academic gains in their regular classes and increase scores on State tests. Representatives from every segment of the community are solicited to assist in this effort. Using the academic profile of assigned students, mentors interface with parents, teachers and visit classes where students need help. During these meetings, the mentor ascertains the source of the student’s problem, i.e., academic, behavioral, etc. Students with academic problems are referred to ESS teachers for intervention and students with behavioral problems enter into a Behavioral Contract developed and implemented by the Mentoring Coordinator.  Pictured in 1st frame above, far left is Jesse Tyler, 21st CCLC Mentoring Coordinator with Joseph Lakes, middle school student at Washington Care Nursing Home greeting residents.  2nd frame features Mr. Tyler, Mentoring Coordinator and Rev. Yates, Pastor of Kindling Star Baptist Church and 21st CCLC Mentor.  Below students participate in a group mentoring session.

 Students participate in a group mentoring session.

 Students participate in a group mentoring session.

Character Education

From left to right:
Kayla Lenoir, David Lake and Makaela Brisco

Students learn that character defines who one is as a person and critically impacts one’s level of attainment and success. Respect, Responsibility, Trustworthiness, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship are the 6 pillars that form “Good Character".  Students learn the meaning of each trait and are encouraged to incorporate these traits into their everyday lives. Through the demonstration of good character, they serve as positive role models for other students.  Frames 1 and 2 show the students having fun during the 21st CCLC Family Fun Day in tie dye t-shirts they made during one of our Special Projects. 3rd frame below features Ms. Clara Adams, 21st CCLC Character Education Coordinator and Deacon Ceotha McWright, President of Leland Deacon Alliance and a 21st CCLC Volunteer.  The last frame features Marcus Cannon preparing box for Food Drive.

From left to right:
Shamiah Cannon, Doneshia Johnson, and Kayla Ray demonstrate "team-work" and get exercise as they jump rope.

Students from 21st CCLC Middle School bring Christmas joy to residents at Washington Care Nursing Home.

Ms. Clara Adams, 21st CCLC Character Education Coordinator and Coordinator of Food Donation Drive with Deacon Ceotha McWright, President of the Leland Deacon Alliance and 21st CCLC Volunteer.

Marcus Cannon decorates box to be placed at drop-off location for food donations.


Field Trips

Students enrolled in the program have the opportunity to participate in monthly field trips throughout the school year and weekly field trips during the summer program. These field trips are aligned with regular classroom lessons to enhance skills/concepts taught during class sessions. Examples of field trips include: Stoneville Agricultural Research Center (Stoneville, MS); MS School of Math & Science (Columbus, MS); Clinton Presidential Library (Little Rock, AR); Civil War Park (Vicksburg, MS); Buffalo Park and Zoo (Tupelo, MS); Civil Right Museum (Memphis, TN); Elmwood Cemetery (Burial Site for 300 Slaves-Memphis, TN); 172nd Air Lift Wing (Jackson, MS); Grizzlies Basketball game (Memphis, TN); Skating; Bowling and Fishing!!

Attending field trips is a privilege that students earn by displaying appropriate behavior, demonstrating good work ethics in their studies and attending the program regularly.

21st CCLC students visit 172d Air Lift Wing in Jackson, MS.

Ms. Estes (21st CCLC Science teacher) shows Justin Peterson how to bait fishing line.


21st CCLC students attend Grizzlies and Hornets game in Memphis, TN.

Doneshia Johnson and others at skating rink.


Amelia Morris with 21st CCLC group having fun bowlng.


Special Projects

From left to right:
Ms. Varsha Sharma (21st CCLC Math Teacher) working with students as they learn to tie-dye t-shirts.

ESS provides several special projects during the year that meet a plethora of needs and further enhances the lives of our students. Above students are making tie-dye t-shirts which they wore during the 21st CCLC Family Fun Day.  Some other Special Projects are listed below:

1) Food Drive—Demonstrates character trait of “Caring”. Students learn value of de-focusing on self and focusing on others. Students develop and implement project from beginning to end including: Meet and collaborate with community groups; Research & contact potential donor organizations; Compose request letters; Calculate number of people they can help based on committed donations; Manage amounts of incoming food necessary to meet needs of identified people; and Sort/distribute food.

2) Community Garden—Students learn how to live a healthy life style. Includes exercising, eating and preparing healthy foods, planting and growing healthy foods.

3) Computer Building—Students build PC computers from scratch that become their personal computer to take home and use in completing homework and other school assignments.

4) Campus Beautification—A Horticulturist teaches students about plants and soil. Students pull weeds; plant beautiful plants and put down mulch to beautify their school campus.

From left to right:
Students interviewing high school principal, Mr. Hosea Haywood.
Students from back to front
Sierra Henderson, Latia Knight, Kayla Ray and Doneshia Johnson. Mr. Eric Fowler (Videographer Consultant) supervising 21st CCLC Video Crew.

From left to right:
Mr. Eric Fowler (Videographer Consultant) teaching 21st CCLC students the art of making videos.

5) Videography—Students learn the technology of creating videos. They learn how to operate video equipment and actually make teaching videos to be used as education enhancement tools for students throughout the school district.

Pictured above: Students in left frame interviewing Principal Hosea Haywood, Leland High School Principal. Students in right frame learning art of videography in video class with Mr. Eric Fowler.

6) Entrepreneurialship—Students will learn about entrepreneurialship by establishing their own international business. They will develop a business plan, serve as officers who run the company, division heads who manage the domestic and import/export Divisions, and have options to purchase company stock. Company merchandise will be sold online through “Merchandise” located on this website.

Pictured below are 21st CCLC students in newspaper article requesting community assistance in collecting soda cans for a STEM Solar project.

From left to right:
Sierra Henderson, Christian Holmes, and Sher'Creshia Cannon pose for newspaper article requesting Leland residents to help collect soda cans for a STEM project on Solar Panels.