- Associated Press - Saturday, August 9, 2014

HAMMOND, La. (AP) - An after-school program for fifth- through eighth-graders will start Sept. 2 using funding provided by the Hammond City Council and the Tangipahoa Parish School Board.

The Advocate reported (https://bit.ly/1ok9vaz) the program has been in planning for about a year. The council and school board will each contribute $50,000 to start the program, which includes instruction in arts and sciences.

Developed by the nonprofit Hammond Youth Education Alliance Inc., the program will run weekdays from 3-6 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters.

City Councilman Lemar Marshall said as many as 60 students are expected to enroll for the fall session.

The school initially will be housed on the grounds of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church. Other sites may be used in the future, Marshall said.

Instruction at the school in English, the science, technology, engineering, creative arts and mathematics will be implemented by the Hammond alliance working with New Orleans-based Young Audiences of Louisiana. Marshall said the New Orleans group was chosen because of its track record in after-school programs.

Students will be taken to the after-hours session from their schools by parish school buses and will be picked up by their parents at the end of the sessions.

Cost for attending the after-hours school will be based on a sliding scale that takes into consideration a student’s family income. Scholarships will be available, Marshall said.


Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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