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Tips to Jump-start
an After-school or
Summer Program
* Don't compromise on quality;
make sure excellence is not what
you're working toward, but what
you expect every day.
* Don't be afraid to commit to the
extra work. If you want what's
best for kids, you have to be all in.
* Make sure you have willing
community partners; they have to
be there if you ask.
* Look for grant opportunities at the
federal and state levels, and go
after them.
* Research other excellent schools,
and connect through social media.
* Make sure grant money includes
transportation; if they ride a bus to
and from school, they need to do
the same for after school.
(Source: Daisy Dyer Duerr)

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options for them to be positively engaged
or intellectually stimulated.
"I asked them what they do in the
summer, and there was nothing," says
Duerr. "There's no Boys & Girls Club, no
activities. There's a tiny trailer that's the
public library, but it's only open four hours
a week," she adds.
According to a report published by the
Afterschool Alliance, there are more than
20 million children under the age of 18
living in areas of concentrated poverty
in the United States. That same report
indicates that while the demand for afterschool programs in such communities
is 56 percent, just 24 percent of those
students participate nationwide. In terms
of summer programs, the study reports
that there is a 66 percent demand, but
just 41 percent participation in summer
learning programs.
Innovative principals such as Haynal
and Duerr are finding ways to bring both
after-school and summer programs to
their students and communities-and their
efforts are paying off.
All three of Haynal's schools are ranked
in the top 10 percent of Nevada's schools.
(Haynal is part of a pilot program as a
franchise principal; because of his success
with his first school, Owen Roundy,
he's now bringing his methodology to
the other two schools, splitting his days
among the three.)

While Duerr was principal at Saint
Paul (she now works independently as a
speaker and consultant), every student
who graduated from the high school was
accepted to a post-secondary institution
or trade school, or enlisted in the military.
Duerr made it a requirement in order for
seniors to graduate, she says.

Redesigning an Ineffective Program

When she first became principal at
Saint Paul, the after-school program
was basically a six-week tutoring session
before students had to take the state
exams, says Duerr. And despite the fact
that 90 percent of the students rode the
bus to school, there was no transportation
for the program, so very few students
participated-especially not the ones who
needed it most.
Duerr applied for and received a
21st Century Community Learning
Centers grant through the United States
Department of Education, designed
to provide academic enrichment for
students during nonschool hours and
focused specifically on high-poverty, lowperforming schools. Saint Paul received
more than $770,000 over five years to
provide both an after-school and summer
program for grades K-12, including
transportation and food.
Once the grant was secured, Duerr
and her team overhauled the after-school



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