Registration open for afterschool

The Jaffrey-Rindge Extended Day Program has completed its second year and will be beginning its third year on Aug. 29. The afternoon programs at Jaffrey Grade School, Jaffrey Rindge Middle School and the Rindge Memorial School Program held at the Rindge Recreation Department start on the first day of school. The Jaffrey Grade School and RMS/Rindge Recreation Department morning programs begin on Sept. 3. Registration forms are available at JRMS, JGS and Rindge Recreation. The deadline for applications is Aug. 21. Spaces are limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

The program is a 21st Century Community Learning Center, one of a community of federally funded programs dedicated to providing academic and enrichment programming during out of school hours. Currently 24 programs receive 21st CCLC funding through the Department of Education, serving more than 10,500 students each year.

In the Jaffrey and Rindge communities, the extended day program provides afterschool opportunities to children attending kindergarten through 8th grade in Jaffrey and kindergarten through 5th grade in Rindge. The program runs at Jaffrey Grade School, Jaffrey Rindge Middle School and Rindge Recreation Department for the Rindge Memorial School. Operating from the end of the school day until 6 p.m., the program offers an array of activities, including homework help, enrichment activities, fitness fun, a nutritious snack and creative arts. Once a week, Jaffrey Rindge Middle School students prepare their own snack as part of the Cooking Club, an activity dedicated to learning the basics of preparing healthy foods.

The Jaffrey Grade School Program was awarded the Franklin Pierce University Campus Compact Presidents’ Community Partner Award this year. According to Campus Contact, the award is given to nonprofit organizations that have enhanced the quality of life in the community in meaningful and measurable ways, and have engaged in sustained and reciprocal partnerships with universities. They achieved the standards for the award by developing a strong volunteer program with FPU students who help support the work of the 21st Century Community Learning Center’s staff and students.

The extended day program hosted a number of community events in partnership with local organizations. These include the offering of Science Nights, in partnership with Franklin Pierce University, a Family Book Swap being held in partnership with Jaffrey Library and Rindge Ingalls Library designed to promote literacy, and the extended day program at Jaffrey Rindge Middle School performing a play with the JRMS Drama students, including designing all the sets for the play.

The afterschool programming has been shown to have positive effects on participants, including higher academic performance and lower instances of disciplinary action.

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