Lottery-Funded After-school Programs Increase

Tuesday, February 14, 2006 | 6:00pm

Nashville , TN- Governor Phil Bredesen announced today the addition of 10 after-school programs to the growing list of high-quality enrichment opportunities funded with excess lottery dollars. Tennessee ’s Lottery Education After-school Program (LEAP) has provided nearly $6.7 million for 88 new after-school programs for at-risk students across the state.

“Nearly one fourth of Tennessee ’s K-12 students care for themselves after school every day,” said Governor Bredesen. “Offering children learning opportunities after school goes one step further in enhancing their safety and well-being, now and in the future.”

Local school systems and community organizations may apply for the competitive awards. To be eligible, the proposed after-school program must:

•  Serve students an average of 15 hours per week
•  Develop or enhance reading and math or science skills
•  Promote computer literacy and skill development
•  Provide academic mentoring or tutorial assistance
•  Include athletic or leisure opportunities

As educators, our mission is to fulfill the promise of a quality education for all children,” Education Commissioner Lana Seivers said. “After-school programs are another tool to help prepare Tennessee ’s children for a bright future.”

Grant Recipient City Grant Amount
Boys to Men Mentoring Programs Johnson City , TN $97,200
Campbell County Board of Education Jacksboro , TN $132,030
Cannon County REACH Program Woodbury , TN $99,792
DeSTI, Deltas Serving Together, Inc. Chattanooga , TN $48,600
Greene County Schools: McDonald Elementary School Greeneville , TN $40,500
Jessie Mahan Center, Inc. Memphis , TN $20,250
Johnson City Schools: Hawks Academy Johnson City , TN $202,500
Johnson County Board of Education Mountain City , TN $97,200
St. Elmo/Alton Park Partners, Inc. Chattanooga , TN $28,350
Unicoi County Schools Erwin , TN $129,600

For more information on LEAP, visit www.tennessee.gov/education/learningsupport/afterschool/.

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