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Binghamton City School District awarded $2.9M for afterschool programming

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - New York State has awarded the Binghamton City School District with a nearly $3 million grants to ramp up afterschool programming.

The State Office of Child and Family Services awarded the district with a $2.9 million grant.

The money will be used to implement afterschool programs for 400 students in grades 2 through 12.

The programs will run in partnership with the City of Binghamton and Cornell Cooperative Extension's 4-H program, a broad curriculum addressing science, technology, engineering, math, agriculture, and the arts.

Binghamton Schools Superintendent Tonia Thompson says the initiative will have kids thinking more about their future.

"When it's student-lead and students tap their voices into the program, their interests can be further developed.  It may not be what they end up being when they grow up, but they'll have a better understanding about what that career or area of work might look or feel like," said Thompson.

The grant programs were awarded to high-needs schools, with Binghamton qualfying due to 1 in 2 kids living in poverty in the City.

The programs will also address health and wellness, life skills, along with building family-school connections.

The money will be awarded in increments of over $577,000  over five years.

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