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Grand Valley Educational Foundation helps keep noses in books and out of trouble

JOHN GARDNERGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

PARACHUTE There are a lot of latch-key Kids in Parachute. That means there are a number of students with a good amount of free time after school until their parents get home.That’s why the Grand Valley Educational Foundation (GVEF) has made huge contributions to provide the kids with something to keep them out of trouble during the after-school hours.The foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was established about six years ago according to the active organization’s chair, Nick Massaro.”Our mission is to help serve the district here with needs that are not met through conventional means,” Massaro said. “This is the second year for the after school program at Bea Underwood Elementary and it’s been very successful.”Very successful.Starting last year the program was such a success with a donation from Williams, a gas production company active locally, that Williams decided to contribute another $10,000 this year as well.The GVEF is deeply appreciative of Williams for its financial support, which the GVEF has been using to help support the After-School Program, the foundation stated in a letter to the Post Independent.An evaluation of the program conducted by the school shows that 18 different after-school classes were held during the first three quarters of the current school year. Around 200 students participated in classes ranging from exploratory type classes like art, drama and science to more remedial classes in reading, math and homework help.Eight certified teachers, along with seven classified assistants, were employed in the program and were paid an hourly wage for their participation.The only problem area for the after school classes was a poor showing of support of volunteers from the community to help out, according to a press release from the GVEF. However, other good points of the program were a decrease in the amount of vandalism and mischief caused after school and an increase in the number of students staying after school with a positive focus, according to the school’s evaluation of the program.”This program helps to serve a need for the latch-key kids in the community,” Massaro said.Contact John Gardner: 384-9114jgardner@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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