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Coalition for Kids to Offer After-School Programs to County Students | Family

Coalition for Kids partners with schools in Washington County to provide after-school programs for students across the county.

Jerry Boyd, the county schools superintendent, told the more than 200 donors who attended an annual fundraising luncheon at the Coalition for Kids facility in Johnson City on Tuesday that he was “excited” to work with the United Way organization to provide “high quality after school programming.

Programs are scheduled to begin in the fall at Boones Creek Elementary School, Jonesborough Elementary School and Jonesborough Middle School.

Coalition for Kids officials said its partnership with Washington County schools represents the largest expansion of the organization’s after-school programs in the organization’s 23-year history. Its 45 staff members currently provide daily after-school programs to more than 300 students enrolled in the Johnson City school system.

Randy Hensley, executive director of Coalition for Kids, said the organization plans to evaluate its new programs very closely in the first year and will work to organize after-school activities in all 11 Washington County schools. in three to four years. By then, Hensley noted, the coalition could serve up to 1,000 students a day.

“This after-school period is very critical for students,” Boyd said. “Some of our students have the support system in place that they need, some don’t. Many families need a bridge where students can be in a safe place so they can continue to learn and grow to be successful.

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He said the after-school programs offered by Coalition for Kids align with the three strategic goals set by the county school board for students to be inspired, strive and thrive.

“It’s a perfect partnership,” Boyd said of the new relationship with Coalition for Kids. “And we have great synergy.”

Hensley said if all goes as planned, the coalition’s partnership with Washington County schools could serve as a state and national model for offering similar programs in other school districts.

Coalition for Kids has helped more than 12,000 children since its inception in 1998. Officials say the organization is not a daycare centre, but rather a safe place where students can find help with homework, lessons reading and math, music and art lessons. and playing sports and other extracurricular activities.

Students involved in the coalition’s after-school programs have access to violence and substance abuse prevention training and receive a free snack and lunch with their participation.

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