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Juneau Afterschool Coalition makes donation to support middle school activities

Posted: December 15, 2013 - 1:02am
The Juneau Afterschool Coalition's Kevin Ritchie (center) presents donation checks of $2,000 each to middle school activity directors Assistant Principal Haifa Sadighi of Floyd Dryden (left ) and Assistant Principal Dale Staley of Dzantik'i Heeni. For the last three school years, JASC has donated a total of $8,000 to each school for school-sponsored before and after school activities. JASC's B.A.M. program also sponsors a diversity of afterschool activities at both schools free of charge and open to all students.   (photo by Betsy Brenneman                                 Photo by Betsy Brenneman,JASC/B.A.M.
Photo by Betsy Brenneman,JASC/B.A.M.
The Juneau Afterschool Coalition's Kevin Ritchie (center) presents donation checks of $2,000 each to middle school activity directors Assistant Principal Haifa Sadighi of Floyd Dryden (left ) and Assistant Principal Dale Staley of Dzantik'i Heeni. For the last three school years, JASC has donated a total of $8,000 to each school for school-sponsored before and after school activities. JASC's B.A.M. program also sponsors a diversity of afterschool activities at both schools free of charge and open to all students. (photo by Betsy Brenneman

The Juneau Afterschool Coalition, which offers community-based afterschool activities at Juneau’s two middle schools, recently donated $2,000 to Dzantik’i Heeni and Floyd Dryden Middle Schools in support of their school-sponsored activities.

The recent donation, given to assistant principals Haifa Sadighi of Floyd Dryden and Dale Staley of Dzantik’i Heeni on Dec. 3, brings total JASC donations for the past three years to $8,000 for each school. The schools spend the money for instructors or supplies for the activities they offer.

Annual JASC surveys of Dzantik’i Heeni and Floyd Dryden students show about half are not with an adult most days of the week after school.

National and Alaska research consistently has found involvement in after-school programs is an important predictor of student success: it can help narrow the achievement gap for many, reduce school absences and improve academic performance and behavior.

JASC is a public-private partnership of 17 local organizations committed to strengthening Juneau’s youth with sustainable, community-based fun and enriching before and after school activities. Major funding is provided by the City and Borough of Juneau, the Juneau Community Foundation’s Blackwell Fund, Tlingit Haida Central Council and local Rotary clubs. In-kind support is provided by Catholic Community Service and the Juneau School District.

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