Last year, the Community Education Department provided over $51,000 in financial assistance to allow low-income community members to participate in an array of quality enrichment programs such as college prep, career exploration, technology, swim instruction, health and wellness, theatre, language and STE(A)M courses as well as after school classes and summer sports camps. These programs provide participants with the opportunity to pursue their interests, expand their abilities and improve social skills in a fun and safe environment.
Participants are not the only ones who receive positive outcomes from their involvement in Community Education programs. The participant’s family, school and larger community all prosper when people are engaged in consistent, quality learning experiences.
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Sources: Afterschool Alliance (2016) Afterschool Supports Students’ Success
I have two daughters that benefited greatly from the after school scholarship program by participating in The Double
Dutch Club. They enjoyed the team concepts, learned patience and how to work as a team. They enjoyed performing at
other schools, the MOA, Target Field and being recognized by others. It also kept the girls busy and something to look
forward to at the end of the school day. I believe every child should have a chance, whether or not they can afford the
fees associated with an after school activity, regardless of what that activity may be. The scholarship program should
definitely be offered for all programs for the children in ISD 196. It gives them so many opportunities to find themselves,
their likes and dislikes! As a single mother this program was a huge help for my family! My children would not have been
able to be a part of many activities offered without it. I'd like to thank District 196 Community Education for giving my girls
this wonderful opportunity to participate and hope others will also benefit from it in the future.
~ Parent of two Rosemount Elementary students