Group applies for afterschool grant

— A $500,000 grant could give after-school programs a boost in Sunnyside and Grandview.

Northwest Community Action Center, a division of Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, is applying for a five-year 21st Century Grant that would help fund afterschool programs.

The 21st Century Afterschool Program is a free program that will give a safe place for kids to participate in educational activities, help with homework, and educational fieldtrips.

If awarded, the $500,000 21st Century grant will be used to set up afterschool sites at McClure and Chief Kamiakin elementary schools.

The grant will also create a combined site for Mount Adams Middle School and White Swan, as well as another site for Harrah Elementary School.

The afterschool program will provide kids with educational activities like cooking, technology education, science and math experiments, officials said.

Pupils also will be able to engage in outdoor activities like snow-shoeing, hiking, going to Mount Ranier or kayaking. One group even learned about duck banding.

The program would also offer students the opportunity to go on field trips. The programs vary wildly from site to site, officials said.


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