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 SDCOE and Gompers Preparatory Academy Celebrate After School Programs

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The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) and Gompers Preparatory Academy participated in “Lights On Afterschool” yesterday. The event was part of a nationwide day of celebration highlighting the value and impact after school programs have in the lives of students, families, and community.

More than 200 students participated in the after school event at Gompers. The day began with an after school program showcase that included student dance routines, cheerleading, delivering poems, and playing music. The students also demonstrated after school clubs such as soccer, volleyball, chess, science, hockey, cooking, and drumming.

“After school programs help kids stay safe, stay engaged in school, and foster interests that will last well into adulthood,” said Dr. Randy Ward, county superintendent of schools. “A well-rounded child is a successful child, and today these kids showed that after school program are needed and working in communities across the county.”

Extended learning programs in San Diego County provide support to students in 358 schools. These K-12 programs serve over 35,000 students every day after school. These programs are keeping students safe in the critical after school hours, improving academic achievement, and helping working families.

In September of this year, SDCOE was awarded​ more than $41 million from the California Department of Education to support the implementation of 21st Century After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens programs. The 5-year grant focuses on academic assistance, enrichment, and family literacy and educational services intended to increase positive outcomes for high school students during after school hours.

Studies have shown that regular participation in high-quality after school programs is linked to gains in student achievement, increased regular-day attendance, a reduction in behavior problems, and increased graduation rates.