NORTHAMPTON – State funding for five “exemplary” out-of-school time programs in the region has been approved for the coming school year. The five programs provide high quality academic enrichment opportunities for students, after school and during the summer months. These programs are managed by the Collaborative for Educational Services (CES) in Northampton and are hosted by local schools in four communities.
Programs include Memorial Elementary School in West Springfield, Greenfield High School in Greenfield, Maple School and Pepin Elementary School in Easthampton, and Converse Middle School in Palmer.
The out-of-school programs are designed to incorporate a balance of learning and fun activities in a safe, supportive environment. Through the programs, students strengthen their academic skills, deepen communication skills with adults and peers, and engage in Project-based and Service Learning opportunities, and outdoor adventure.
William Diehl, Executive Director of CES, commented: “We are so proud of these programs – they are leaders statewide for exemplary practices, and make a real difference to the students who attend them. I’m thrilled to see this vote of support for the coming year.”
The grant of over $350,000 for the academic year will support program activities and operations, and provide support for students whose families may not be able to afford the program.