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January 25, 2013

Column: After-school programs on the way in Salem

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There will also be a four-week summer program, which will include a service learning project. This grant will continue to provide quality programs for middle school youths through August 2015.

Salem CyberSpace will provide the program oversight and direction. Working closely with the school principals and the site coordinators, my staff will coordinate all the administration, purchasing, budgeting, assessments and reporting, logistics, family and community engagement, and student outreach and retention.

Program oversight will be conducted by the Community Advisory Board in Salem, which is chaired by Dr. Patricia Maguire Meservey, president of Salem State University, and made up of 14 members from every sector in Salem. The board will meet quarterly with Salem CyberSpace, the school principals and the superintendent to assure that the Learning Center is meeting its objectives.

Teachers are also being hired for the site coordinator positions and teaching positions, and these are posted on the Salem Public Schools website. Letters of interest should be emailed to Mary Manning at Collins Middle School at marymanning@salemk12.org.

The Learning Center will also offer many enjoyable and rewarding volunteer opportunities for the community. Volunteers can provide homework help, assist in the activities, chaperone Saturday field trips and/or help with community events. Make a commitment for as little as one day a week or one Saturday field trip. All interested volunteers should contact Debi Chute by email at dchute@salemcyberspace.org.

Salem’s tweens are being offered an opportunity to enjoy their out-of-school time in a quality program that will be supported by the entire community. Spread the word through all your social networks and email lists to make sure that every parent and resident of Salem is aware of the availability of program slots for their children, as well as the job and volunteer opportunities for adults who want to make a difference.

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