Story last updated at 12/18/2013 - 5:07 pm
In addition to offering its own program of community-based after school activities at
Juneau's two middle schools, the Juneau Afterschool Coalition (JASC) recently donated $2,000 to both Dzantik'i Heeni and Floyd Dryden in support of their school-sponsored activities.
JASC sponsors the B.A.M. program, offering diverse new activities for middle schoolers provided by local organizations and individuals to augment and expand what the schools can offer. In addition, for the past three years, JASC has provided funding to support what the schools sponsor.
The most recent donation of $2,000, given to assistant principals Haifa Sadighi of Floyd Dryden and Dale Staley of Dzantik'i Heeni on Dec. 3 for this school year, brings total JASC donations for the past three years to $8,000 for each school. The schools spend the money for instructors or supplies for the activities they offer.
Annual JASC surveys of Dzantik'i Heeni and Floyd Dryden students show about half are not with an adult most days of the week after school.
National and Alaska research consistently has found involvement in after school programs is an important predictor of student success: it can help narrow the achievement gap for many, reduce school absences and improve academic performance and behavior.
JASC is a public-private partnership of 17 local organizations committed to strengthening Juneau's youth with sustainable, community-based, fun and enriching before and after school activities. Major funding is provided by the City and Borough of Juneau, the Juneau Community Foundation's Blackwell Fund, Tlingit Haida Central Council and local Rotary clubs. In-kind support is provided by Catholic Community Service and the Juneau School District.