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SOUTHBRIDGE, Mass. – A $210,000 grant will allow Southbridge Public Schools to expand their after school programming.
Eastford Road Elementary School will use the grant from the state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for their out of school time programming.
Forty students are able to participate in the free after school program and a five week summer program. The school’s principal Kelly Gelineau said the goal is to increase student engagement and contribute to a well-rounded education for all students.
"We have a grant from the United Way for our before school program, but we didn’t have anything to offer for after school for our families and for working families,” Gelineau said. “Having a safe spot for your kids to go where they’re getting enrichment, and academics, and a snack and being with some of their favorite people, who are their teachers, is an amazing opportunity."
The district has been in state receivership since 2016. Southbridge Public Schools has already implemented project-based learning through this grant at two other elementary schools and its middle schools.


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