For Immediate Release
October 16, 20xx
Contact: Jill Smith
MAYOR MILLSTONE 'TURNS ON THE LIGHTS' OF JUST FOR KIDS' AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM
Program Will Provide Tutoring, Sports & Creative Arts For Local Middle School Students
Rivertowne, Ohio - Mayor Stephanie Millstone joined the principal and faculty members of Stevens Middle School, business leaders and local families today for the grand opening of Stevens Middle School's afterschool program, Just For Kids. At exactly 3 p.m., the mayor "turned on the lights for afterschool." Nearly a third of the students attending Stevens Middle School have already enrolled in the program that will provide three hours (3 p.m. - 6 p.m.) of supervised afterschool activities, including homework assistance, arts and crafts, and recreation. The program is open to students in grades six to eight. Program leaders say that 250 students are likely to be enrolled in the next month.
"The need and demand for high quality afterschool programs in our city is tremendous," said Mayor Millstone. "Too many children are unsupervised between the time the school doors close and parents get home from work. Just For Kids will help give children educational, safe, exciting places to spend their time after school."
More than 28 million school-age children have either their only parent or both parents working outside the home. More than 11 million "latchkey children" go home afterschool each day to a house with no adult supervision, and without the opportunities to learn that afterschool programs can provide.
"We are proud our school is a part of the Rivertowne Student Success program and that it is helping to better meet the needs of our students and their families," said Michael Koss, Principal of Stevens Middle School. "Afterschool programs pay enormous benefits. They inspire children to learn. They keep kids safe in the sometimes perilous afterschool hours. And they help working parents keep working, free of fears about what their kids might be up to after the end of the regular school day."
Just For Kids is the tenth afterschool program established through the Rivertowne Student Success program in the past two years, with nearly 2,000 students enrolled. 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 crime between the hours of 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. since the Student Success program began.
Rivertowne Student Success program is 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. For more information about Rivertowne Student Success program, contact Jennifer Greene at (513) 555-4567. Parents interested in enrolling their child in Just For Kids should call (513) 555-2345.