United Way Newsletter
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|From the President|
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|Community Impact Platform|
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EDUCATION SPOTLIGHT: LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Studies show that high quality afterschool programs improve student achievement in school; regular participation in quality out-of-school time programming is linked to significant gains in test scores, improved work habits, improved school attendance and reduced behavior problems. On October 22, United Way and the Afterschool Network led a tour of United Way-funded afterschool programs as part of Lights On Afterschool, an annual event that highlights the importance of out-of-school programming for youth.
The tour started with the afterschool program at Valley Community Association, which serves children from 25 different public, private and charter schools across the city. The children spend their time participating in a wide variety of activities, including a weekly book club, in-depth science experiments and spirited games of indoor soccer.
The next stop was the Cultural Enrichment Program at the African American Cultural Center, where the group was welcomed with traditional African drumming and dance. The program focuses on children’s academic and cultural well being. Tutoring and homework help are available, as well as instruction in African dance, African drumming, theatre and video production, African history, and many other subjects.
Finally, the tour headed to Buffalo Public School 18 to visit the Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center and Child & Adolescent Treatment Services’ (CATS) 21st Century Program, which provides academic and enrichment opportunities for children in various Buffalo Public Schools. Five schools were represented at the event: School 18, School 66, School 74, School 93, and the Gloria J. Park Community School. Numerous activities and performances highlighted the program’s accomplishments. Dr. James Williams, Superintendent of the Buffalo Public Schools, also spoke to the students, praising their participation in productive afterschool activities and reinforcing the importance of pride, respect and dignity.
All of the tour attendees were impressed with the agencies, the programs, and the students participating in them. “We are fortunate in our community that our children have such wonderful and varied opportunities to learn,” said Sandy Falsone from Wegmans. “We just need to make more people aware that every corner of our community has something to offer.”