May 25, 2015
1111 St. Gregory Street
Rivertowne, OH 45202
Dear Mr. Bird,
At 3 p.m. on September 5, Mayor Stephanie Millstone will officially open the Just For Kids afterschool program at Stevens Middle School, by "turning on the lights for afterschool." It is the tenth afterschool site to be opened in the past two years as part of Rivertowne Student Success program, a collaborative effort of the Mayor's office and the Rivertowne School District, with the goal of making afterschool programs available to every public elementary and middle school student in the city.
Communities across the nation are adopting afterschool programs to provide students with a safe place to enjoy creative learning opportunities designed to help them improve their grades and self-esteem. In two-thirds of U.S. households with married couples and children under age 18, both parents work outside the home. More than 28 million school-age children have either their only parent or both parents working outside the home. Some 11.3 million "latchkey children" go home alone after school each day.
Begun just two years ago, Rivertowne Student Success afterschool programs have already proven to be an asset to the community. Nearly 2,000 students are enrolled in the program. The nine other participating schools offering afterschool programs have seen a noticeable improvement in the students grades, fewer disciplinary problems and higher attendance rates. The Rivertowne police department reports there has been a lower rate of juvenile violence between the hours of 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. since the Student Success program began.
Jennifer Greene, Director of Rivertowne Student Success, has overseen the development and establishment of each of the afterschool programs. Ms. Greene is a former teacher and recognized the need for afterschool programs, as she and her husband have three daughters.
I am writing to ask you to consider having Jennifer Greene as a guest on your program to talk about the need for afterschool programs and the benefits they provide to the children, families and community as whole. Please call me if you would like additional information. Thank you.