For several years, Cedar Ridge Community Church members have partnered with Greencastle Elementary School, sharing food-in-backpacks, birthday books, and Thanksgiving baskets with Greencastle students and their families. These activities are meeting vital needs, yet Greencastle students and their peers in other high-poverty, high-need elementary schools need more–namely, after-school enrichment programs.
The After-School Gap
Quality after-school programs improve student achievement. The biggest hurdle to after-school enrichment is cost. In Montgomery County, the majority of after-school activities depend on family-paid tuition, putting these programs out of reach for low-income students including many at Greencastle.
Over the next year, a small Cedar Ridge team will draw on our economic justice and racial reconciliation teams’ experience to work with Greencastle to identify and advocate for improved and affordable after-school programs.
How You Can Help
On Tuesday, January 15, the Greencastle Parent-Teacher Association is holding a virtual lobbying day to encourage the Montgomery County Board of Education to provide funding to support free after-school programs at Greencastle and other Focus Schools in Montgomery County. Volunteers are needed to support these efforts through phone calls and emails. Click here for more details.
In addition, over the next several months, we will need volunteers to help
- Provide food and childcare for a parents’ meeting at Greencastle school to discuss after-school needs and opportunities.
- Drive parents and friends to school board meetings to advocate for after-school funding for Greencastle and other schools in the Paint Branch cluster.
- Sign a letter to the School Board and other decision makers.