The Lake Area Rotary Club Association (LARCA) Fire Relief Fund has committed to doubling the capacity of the Afterschool Program in Middletown. The Lake County Office of Education (LCOE) is authorized to serve 29 students in the Minnie Cannon School Afterschool Program. With this donation, the program is now serving 60 students. LARCA committed $12,500 to support this effort.
Due to the Valley Fire many families have been displaced. The waiting list for the afterschool program rapidly grew to 30 students. Many of these students had no homes to go to and were waiting on campus for working parents to pick them up. Rotary’s financial assistance allows LCOE is to hire an additional staff member to provide students with a supportive safe place to go after school. Lake County Superintendent of Schools, Brock Falkenberg, indicates that, “afterschool programs provide a safe and supportive environment to engage students in supplemental learning activities and receive assistance with homework.”
Afterschool programs provide a safe nurturing environment for students every school day until 6 PM. Students are given 1 hour each day of academic homework support and they are presented with hands-on activities that are fun and engaging yet also enhance the school curriculum. In addition, the program includes a healthy supper and lively team building physical activities.
With the generous donation from LARCA, LCOE will be able to meet the increased demand for the remainder of the school year. For more information about the Afterschool Program please contact Della Murphy at 707-263-4563x213. For more information about the LARCA Fire Relief Fund please visit www.larca5130.org.
Brock Falkenberg, Superintendent of Schools
1152 South Main Street
Lakeport, CA 95453