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A big announcement from ASAP!

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Marciene Mattleman
President

Justin Ennis
Executive Director

TODAY IS A DAY FOR
FRIENDS OF KIDS:

 

ASAP TEAMS UP WITH MAYOR AND THE SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR MAJOR AFTER SCHOOL INITIATIVE 


As 23 Philadelphia public schools face closure, the need for engaging after school programs has never been greater. Thanks to the generosity of Vivian and Oscar Lasko, ASAP will receive $25,000 to sponsor after school clubs for students affected by school closingsASAP will match the grant by raising an additional $25,000, and will use the money to supplement existing clubs and create pathways to success for these students.

At a press conference held this morning at the School District Headquarters, Mayor Michael Nutter, School Superintendent Dr. William Hite Jr., ASAP President Marciene Mattleman, and ASAP Executive Director Justin Ennis all spoke on the important role after school programs can play to responsibly integrate transitioning students into their new learning environments. To support this effort, individuals can donate directly to ASAP or volunteer to be an ASAP club leader.


ASAP executive director Justin Ennis, far left, and president Marciene Mattleman, far right, pose with Mayor Nutter, philanthropist Vivian Lasko, and Philadelphia schools superintendent William Hite. Credit: Mike DeNardo

"Everyone knows we're facing difficult times," stated Mayor Nutter, "but this kind of financial support bolsters the confidence we must have. The safety and education of children is paramount. After school programs save lives...and these programs are fun, challenging  engaging, and help our students build skills."

Dr. Hite agreed, encouraging Philadelphians to "help our receiving schools. Everyone can participate and make a difference." He presented a challenge "to every individual who wants to do something to help the children of the School District of Philadelphia" to get involved in the effort.

"This will be an aspect of the welcoming plans for transitioning youth," stated ASAP Executive Director Justin Ennis. "We will identify club leaders throughout the community and allow students moving schools to compete under the same banner and continue to represent their intellectual prowess."

ASAP's initiatives include chess, Scrabble, debate and drama clubs, all of which have been associated with academic gains. After school programs will give new students a way to make friends, get involved in the school's culture and develop relationships with adult mentors. 
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