Funding Helps After-School Center Re-Open Doors

By Maureen Mespell

January 24, 2011 Updated Jan 24, 2011 at 11:38 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – The East Allen Family Resource Center is re-opening their after-school program at the Riverhaven facility on Monday, January 31st.

The program shut their doors in November after not having enough funding to keep the doors open. The center credits re-opening to support from the community and an increase in funding the agency receives from a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant.

Sharon Wilson, Executive Director, says, "This funding helps make it possible for us to serve up to 55 students attending Highland Terrace and New Haven Elementary Schools," stated Sharon Wilson, Executive Director. Families who financially qualify will be able to send their children for free. "It never should be a barrier for students to attend because their parent cannot afford to pay or because they do not have transportation," said Ms. Wilson, "Our goal is to eliminate those barriers and to provide quality out-of-school opportunities for students K-5, to help them succeed in school, and provide a safe and fun place for kids whose parents are working."

The agency is planning several fundraisers in 2011 to raise additional funding needed for its summer youth programs which include a Summer GAP, JumpStart, and Summer Lunch Program.

Parents wanting additional information can call the Center at 749-9516. Parents can also register their children on Wednesday, January 26th from 10 AM-Noon and 3-6 PM.

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