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Two afterschool programs to continue

Hagerstown to collaborate with Housing Authority to continue homework and dance programs

September 21, 2011|By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com

The Hagerstown Housing Authority will work with the city to continue two afterschool programs that were previously part of CSAFE.

The Hagerstown City Council Tuesday agreed to collaborate with the authority to continue the afterschool homework and dance programs started by CSAFE, which stands for Collaborative Supervision and Focused Enforcement.

Hagerstown Police Chief Arthur Smith approached the council in August about finding new partners for the youth programs after Carolyn Brooks left her post this month as CSAFE's coordinator for 13 years.  

The housing authority has previously assisted with the afterschool homework program that is held at Parkside Community Center on Sumans Avenue, said Dianne Rudisill, resident services director for the agency.

"We would like to be the oversight manager of the program," she said. "We have assisted in the past ... so we're really hoping to continue the program and the collaboration with the city,"

The program is focused on providing homework assistance, enrichment, character building and life skills to about 25 students in kindergarten through the third grade, according to city documents.  It is held Monday through Thursday from about 4:15 to 6 p.m.

The budget to run the program this school year is $18,881, city documents said.  

The other program the authority will take over is the BTJ dance group, which had been part of CSAFE since its inception, Brooks said.

It is a free dance class for girls taught by instructors from Ballet and All That Jazz, and supervised by parents, city documents said.

In the past, the budget for the dance group has been between $2,500 and $3,000, the documents said.

The city has already approved funding for the two programs, Smith said. The only change he was asking for from the council was its support for who will manage the programs.

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