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$4K donation to Boys and Girls Club helps fund after school Power Hour program

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - A health insurance provider is helping kids in Binghamton get their homework done after school.

Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield presented a $4,000 donation to the Binghamton Boys and Girls Club recently.

The money will be used to fund the club's Power Hour after school program.

Students ages 5 through 18 can receive tutoring and homework help during that time.

Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Marybeth Smith says the program allows students to finish their work and excel in the classroom.

"If they're not doing it here with us at the Boys and Girls Club, it may not be getting done.  One of our biggest goals here is to make sure children are doing well in school and doing all of their homework to prepare them for when they get a little older so they can graduate on time," said Smith.

After the check presentation, students went around the room to discuss their homework assignment, which was to write an essay on a dream vacation with a celebrity.

The money specifically will be used for school supplies, materials and staffing costs.

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