The Somerset County Local Management Board, Inc. has been awarded a four-year grant to fund the FACES (Families, Academics, Character, Enrichment, and Service) of Somerset afterschool programs for children in kindergarten through grade 7. Through the Public School Opportunities Enhancement Grant Program, the SCLMB will receive $134,589 for the first year of the program in 2018.
The FACES of Somerset partners with the Garland Hayward Youth Center and It Takes a Village to Help Our Children, Inc. to offer the program to children in both Princess Anne and Crisfield. Partners also include University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Somerset County Library, Natural Resources Police, and many other community organizations bringing quality outreach programs that enrich our students’ learning experience.
The Public School Opportunities Enhancement Grant Program assists local schools and communities in providing educational support for afterschool, summer, and school day programs in school systems with at least 50 percent of the students qualifying for free lunch under the National School Lunch Program. In the FACES of Somerset afterschool program, local student scholars will strengthen their reading skills, complete enrichment projects, and discover the joy of learning in a safe environment. This new grant will also provide students with opportunities to learn about the local environment, practice a healthy lifestyle, and build college and career skills for the future.
The four-year grant became available through the Maryland State Department of Education following passage of the Public School Opportunities Enhancement Act in 2016. This funding will ensure that quality afterschool programming will continue with the assistance of the SCLMB’s partners.
The SCLMB’s mission is to promote a safe, healthy and stable environment for all Somerset County children and families by achieving a comprehensive system of education, health and human services through public and private interagency collaboration.
Photo caption: The leadership team for the FACES of Somerset afterschool program (front) Darlene Taylor, It Takes a Village to Help Our Children, Inc., and Garland Hayward, Garland Hayward Youth Center; (back) Andrea Byrd, Garland Hayward Youth Center, David Noonan, SCLMB program coordinator, and Rota Knott, SCLMB executive director.