Grant Helps Keep Local After School Program Alive

By: WIFR Newsroom
By: WIFR Newsroom

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Discovery Center Museum has been awarded a grant of $31,000 by the Dr. Louis and Violet Rubin Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois. The grant will be used to help fund After School Programs at Walker and Whitehead Elementary Schools in Rockford.

Discovery Center has been involved with the After School Achievement Program (ASAP) in Rockford Public Schools for thirteen years. The goal of the ASAP is to improve student performance in schools that are on the State of Illinois academic watch and warning list. The curriculum emphasizes successful homework completion, mentoring, and academic enrichment including hands-on activities and games related to science, math, reading and nutrition education.

The ASAP program has proved to be successful. Student test scores have improved and so has school attendance. As a result of the success of Rockford’s program, the State Board of Education has recommended other school districts use it as a model for success in implementation of an ASAP in their districts.

In the past, Discovery Center was contracted by the Rockford School District to operate ASAPs at four schools. Funding at two of the schools ended. This grant will supplement the cost that Discovery Center has to raise to continue to offer these programs.

“This grant from the Dr. Louis and Violet Rubin Fund will provide essential funding for the After School Programs Discovery Center operates,” explains Sarah Wolf, executive director of Discovery Center Museum. “We appreciate this generous support of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois and know that it will directly benefit children in our community who are in need of special tutors, homework help and valuable lessons in science and nutrition,” she added.

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