BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- The Binghamton City School District on Friday announced the New York State Office of Child and Family Services has awarded the district a $2.9 million grant through the Empire State Afterschool Program.
According to Binghamton City School District officials, the program is funded statewide by a $35 million appropriation in the state budget.
The District says the award of $577,000 per year for five years, will allow the district to provide long-term afterschool programming for more than 400 students in grades two through twelve.
Officials say the program is focused on the theme of “sustainable communities” and will include STEAM-related enrichment activities, wellness and life skills development, and building family-school connections.
"Day-to-day implementation of the program will be accomplished through partnerships between the school district staff, high school students, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County and the City of Binghamton," according to a news release. "Students and families will have an opportunity to participate in the program which will run 30 weeks of the school year and for four weeks in the summer."
Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo secured the funding for the project.
“Keeping students engaged outside the classroom is critically important to their success in school and in life,” Lupardo said in a statement. “Studies have shown that children who participate in afterschool programming have higher attendance rates, get better grades, are less likely to get into trouble, and are better prepared for college and the workforce. These efforts also play a major role in our ongoing work to curb poverty in the community as education directly corresponds with finding and maintaining employment. I’m happy to have been able to help secure this important funding that will enable the Binghamton City School District to provide programming for its students.”