How rural public schools can benefit from nonprofit partnerships

Afterschool and summer learning programs aren’t just a place for kids to kill time while their parents work — these programs provide an environment where students can make academic gains, remain engaged in learning, stay physically healthy and active, and have access to positive mentors.

In rural communities, where one in four children live in poverty, there’s a strong desire for more afterschool and summer school programs. Where need is greatest, however, resources are often at their lowest. This finding was supported by a special report from the Afterschool Alliance called “America After 3PM, The Growing Importance of Afterschool in Rural Communities”.


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