Afterschool and summer programs to continue

Posted: September 9, 2020

In a grant designed to support extended-year programs, the Virginia Department of Education awarded Newport News Public Schools $1.8 million for its after-school and summer enrichment programs.

Since 2016, students in grades 3-5 at one middle and nine elementary schools are served afterschool and on Saturdays by WE LEAP (Wonderful Extended Learning, Enrichment and Advancement Program). The program is free to participants.

SPARK (Summer Program for Arts, Recreation & Knowledge) offers students in Pre-K through grade 12 the opportunity to reinforce skills in reading and math, recover missing credits or complete courses early during the summer break.

Dr. Reggie Alston, extended learning administrator at NNPS says, "Our extended learning programs are a key component of our mission to meet the needs of students and families. During the school year, these afterschool programs provide the extra time students need to master academic standards and also provide access to robust enrichment opportunities, beyond the regular curriculum."

For more information about extended learning programs in Newport News Public Schools, contact Alston at [email protected].