21st Century Community Learning Centers

Improving the outcomes of students in Oregon's 21st CCLC programs

Spotlight on Falls City FACES Program

Director: Amy Houghtaling: Amy.houghtaling@fallscity.k12.or.us
Falls City Elementary school – Kindergarten-8th, Falls City High School-9th-12th grade

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The F.A.C.E.S. (Family, Academics, Community and Enrichment for Success) program in Falls City offers programming beginning the 3rd week of school and ending the week before school ends in June. During the school year we offer three 6-week enrichment blocks in which we offer a variety of classes such as Mixed Martial Arts, gardening, sewing, crocheting, pickle ball, various art classes.

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The program offers numerous STEM classes such as Tech Bridges, Science Plus, Mine Craft, Coding, Kids Invent, and small engine mechanics. Every year the program offers Roller Coaster Physics, where students study the science behind roller coasters and build a model, incorporating all aspects of STEM.

Throughout the program year we offer academic hour where we focus on homework completion, math and literacy skill building, and engaging activities to keep the mind buzzing. High school students are given the opportunity to work in the program, assisting the younger students in the elementary school. These students go through an application process and interview for these paid positions.

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We also provide character education which we like to call “community time” so our students can learn about communities and how to be a part of them in a way which helps them to be an honorable citizen. During this time, the school counselor works with the program to offer a variety of options including conflict resolution, manners, social skills, as well as life skills such as learning about fair housing rules. And finally, we only have four day school weeks so that allows us to take the program’s participants on field trips all around Oregon including trips to local colleges.


Through the years, the FACES program has become a community hub, bringing together the school, local partners and families. Four times a year, the program holds family night when families can participate in and learn about the subjects students are working on. The town library works with the program offering the services of a literacy coach. A local nursery works with students during the summer teaching gardening skills and tying into science-related topics. The Falls City Art Council offers classes such as sewing to students in the program.

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