Jamestown Public Schools was recently awarded an extension to its New York State Education Department's five-year Extended School Day Grant. The grant, which originally ran from 2010 to June 2014, was extended to June 2015.
The district receives $342,078 annually to help provide a number of high-priority out-of-school time services, including elementary after-school programs at Bush, Fletcher, Love and Ring schools, Advanced Learning Program for fifth- and sixth-graders, after-school STEM instruction for middle school students, Chautauqua Striders elementary tutoring, middle school reading program and Hispanic Outreach.
"The district suffered a terrific loss last June when the 21st Century Grant was not renewed. Our local community foundations came to the rescue with temporary support for several vital interventions and services for middle and high school students," said Julie Poppleton, JPS director of after-school programs.
Love Elementary School student Carlos Baez-Burgos writes in his journal during the After School Amigos Program, which is funded by the New York State Department of Education’s Extended School Day Grant.
"We are now in the process of re-grouping, re-evaluating and re-examining funding strategies, so we are thrilled to have the breather that the Extended School Day Grant extension affords us. We are working hard to secure funding that supplements modest parent fees so that we can sustain service to our community.
"We know that after school programs not only keep kids safe, they can also inspire learning, help improve students' academic performance, school attendance, behavior and health, and support working families. But we also know that after school programs around the country are facing cuts, due to a lagging economy, federal sequesters, and competition for a shrinking pot of much needed funding."
Jamestown Public Schools serves more than 400 students each day in its after-school programming. Jamestown Public Schools, in partnership with Chautauqua Striders, YWCA of Jamestown, The Y, and other community organizations, provides academic support, a wide array of youth development activities that complement the regular school day, and family involvement opportunities at four district elementary and two middle schools.