21st Century After School Program News

21st Century After School Students Raise Awareness of the Importance of After School Programming - 11-14-13

"This past fall, students at the LRES and IHGMS 21st Century After School Programs joined forces with other 21st Century After School Programs from Dover, Somersworth, Portsmouth and Farmington to let our elected officials in Washington know why their after school programs are important to them.

As part of the national "Lights On After School!" celebration our members colored in light bulbs and wrote messages supporting their programs. These light bulbs were collected from all of the above listed communities, including 76 bulbs from Raymond, and sent to Carol Shea-Porter in Washington, D.C. The goal of this project was to raise awareness for the need of after school programs across the nation.

The Raymond 21st Century After School program is currently in its third year of a five year grant cycle. We currently serve over 100 students across the elementary and middle school level every afternoon. Our students receive homework support from certified teachers and participate in a variety of enrichment programs everyday. These enrichment programs include painting, digital photography, cooking, science experiments, community service, mentoring, drug/alcohol prevention, and different recreational activities.

This is made possible through a collaboration of the Raymond School District, Raymond Coalition For Youth, UNH Cooperative Extension and their 4-H Program, and the Southern District YMCA. As we approach our fourth year, we are faced with impending funding cuts. In year 4, we will only receive 75% of the funds we have received in the past, and only 65% of those funds will be received in year 5.

Through program fees, fundraising, and additional grants, we are able to offset some of the burden that will be levied upon us in our final years of this grant cycle but we still need help to maintain the high quality programming we have been able to offer the students of Raymond for the past three years.

If you are interested in making any type of donation (financial, supplies, volunteer time) please contact Patrick Arsenault at 895-3394 ext. 4308 or email him at p.arsenault@sau33.com. Please help us keep the lights on after school in Raymond!"

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