“This important program is helping the district with our No. 1 priority: the improvement of student achievement.” Because the after-school program was in operation at some schools, it is already fulfilling several funding requirements, said coordinator Becky Schultz. It features a snack, homework help and academic enrichment activities – such as sports, educational field trips and programs in dance and drama – to complement the school’s academic program. The program must run until at least 6 p.m. and include a family literacy component, such as offering parent education classes or college courses at the school site for parents. The Reach for the Stars program began in 2000 at four sites, and was expanded to nine sites in 2003, Schultz said. Now, with the new grants, each campus will be able to accommodate a maximum of 92 students. WHITTIER – Every school in the Whittier City School District will now have a free after-school program on its campus, thanks to more than $3.6 million in state monies the district is slated to receive through 2009. The new state grants – which total about $1.2 million per year for three years, starting with the current school year – come from the After School Education and Safety program, established in 2002 by Proposition 49. It will go toward expanding the 6,800-student district’s current Reach for the Stars after-school program to all 12 of its schools, including Andrews Elementary in North Whittier, and Dexter and Edwards middle schools. “Our studies show students who are part of Reach for the Stars program are doing better in school,” said Superintendent Carmella Franco. “We did anticipate we were going to get the funding because we had our program up and running and it was well-thought-of,” Schultz said. “But we were still excited about the award letter when we got it. “When it comes to child care, we know it costs at least $300 to $350 a month for one child for a private after-school program,” she added. “But this is free to our parents, and our kids have somewhere they can learn and be safe.” Schultz said the new funding will last through the 2008-09 school year. “Every three years we have to apply,” she said. “\ written into legislation, so I don’t think we have to worry about not getting it if we’re doing what we’re supposed to be doing.” For more information on the new after-school programs, call local schools or the district at (562) 789-3000. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 18 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. Santa Clarita High School Barbershop Quartet contest, 7 p.m. Monday in the multipurpose room at Arroyo Seco Junior High, 27171 N. Vista Delgado Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 296-2292 or visit www.geocities.com/bsharmony. “The Skin of our Teeth” will be presented, 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday in the Hart High School auditorium, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Tickets: $8 at the door. Call (661) 259-7575, Ext. 212. Care For Your Heart Health Fair will offer free screenings and education about the risk of heart disease, 2-4 p.m. Friday at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, 23845 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call Victoriana Donnelly at (661) 253-8761. Barry Diamond and Kira Soltanivich will perform, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at J.R.’s Comedy Club located inside Marie Callender’s at 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Cost: $12 or $22.99 for dinner and the show. Call (661) 259-2291 or visit www.comedyinvalencia.com. Sierra Club hike up Trail Canyon to the falls will meet, 9 a.m. Saturday at the entrance to Towsley Canyon Park, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Call Dave Morrow at (661) 254-5245. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m. every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Western Music Concert will feature The Messick Family Band and cowboy poet J.D. Seibert, 7 p.m. Saturday in Hart Hall at William S. Hart Park, 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Call (661) 254-4584. Grateful Dudes perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at [email protected] or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sierra Club hike, 9 a.m. today at the entrance to Towsley Canyon Park, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Call Gaylon Rodin at (661) 263-0568. Ranger-led nature hike, 11 a.m. the second, third and fourth Sundays of each month at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” will be presented, 2 p.m. Saturdays and 6:30 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 26 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $8-$13. Call (661) 799-2702. “To Kill a Mockingbird” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 26 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $8-$13. Call (661) 799-2702.
###### 26Jul Rep. Iden joins governor at bill-signing ceremony to honor victims of the Kalamazoo shootings State Rep. Brandt Iden joined Gov. Rick Snyder today to acknowledge the landmark legislation creating a public threat alert system. Additionally, this opportunity allowed Rep. Iden to acknowledge the surviving victims of the Kalamazoo shootings and the family members and friends of those who lost their lives on February 20.House Bill 5442, now Public Act 235 of 2016, is a proactive measure to safeguard the lives of citizens by providing real-time notifications of ongoing public threats via television, radio and text message, very similar to the Amber Alert System. This system will provide additional tools to law enforcement to help better inform citizens throughout the state of a public safety threat.“As of July 25, Americans have witnessed 207 mass shooting sprees across the nation in just 2016,” said Rep. Iden, R-Oshtemo.“We cannot control what others do, but as lawmakers we can prepare our citizens with the right tools to allow them to be proactive and not reactive in an emergency situation involving mass shootings or acts of terrorism.”Rep. Iden’s legislation will aid minimizing criminal acts across the state of Michigan by rapidly disseminating warning alerts to residents with mobile devices.“Had the victims of the Kalamazoo shootings received an alert notifying them of an active shooter situation nearby perhaps they would have had time to get to safety and avoid the deranged criminal entirely,” said Rep. Iden. “We need to ensure that we are using all current technology to our advantage to equip residents with the essential, imperative information that can help save lives.”Rep. David Maturen, who sponsored a portion of the three-bill package, also took time today to recognize the victims of the mass shooting.“This was a tragic situation, but it sparked landmark legislation here in Michigan,” said Rep. Maturen, R-Vicksburg. “My thoughts and prayers are still with the victims and their families, and I’m hopeful that the new notification system will play an important role in getting people out of harm’s way if a similar situation were to take place in the future.”“This legislation is the first of its kind here in Michigan and I believe this law can help memorialize those individuals who died in the Kalamazoo shootings because this horrific incident has culminated into a potentially life-saving public threat alert system that will effectively diminish future threats,” said Rep. Iden. “My continued thoughts and prayers are with all of the families of the loved ones lost in mass shootings across the country.“This bill was a direct response to the shooting rampage in Kalamazoo on February 20 and I am so grateful to my colleagues in the House and the Senate, and Gov. Snyder for their quick action and passage of this bill into law.” Categories: Featured news,Iden News,News Tags: #SB, active shooter, HB 5442, Iden, Kalamazoo shootings, PA 235 of 2016, public threat alert system