OCSD awarded NYS grant for after-school programs

NYS excelsior logoThe Oswego City School District is set to add hundreds of new opportunities for students through after-school programs, Governor Andrew Cuomo and OCSD officials announced today (Tuesday, Nov. 28) in the culmination of a grant program to designed to bolster student opportunity.

The grant was awarded through the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative (ESPRI) in the amount of more than $566,000 and will allow the district to serve 354 more students in programs at Frederick Leighton and Fitzhugh Park Elementary Schools.

"Today's announcement is vital to the schools across Oswego, and I know that this funding will be essential to helping our schools expand their after school programs," said Superintendent Dr. Dean Goewey. "When more children have access to enriching resources at the end of the school day, we ensure that their learning doesn't end just because the bell rang. I look forward to seeing how this critical investment will help our communities flourish."

Research has shown that after-school programs are associated with lower school drop-out rates and a reduction in juvenile crime. School districts receiving funding are in communities with high rates of child poverty and many are in communities designated under the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative.

Additional research has shown that children enrolled in high-quality after-school programs have better peer relations, emotional adjustment, conflict-resolution skills, and overall conduct in school, as well as higher scores on standardized tests in math, reading, and language arts. Quality after-school programs have also been found to have a $3 return on investment for every dollar spent.

"An investment in our children is an investment in the future of this great state," Governor Cuomo said. "These after-school programs will help ensure young New Yorkers in high-need school districts receive the guidance they need to become the next generation of leaders, laying the foundation for a stronger New York for all."