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December 15, 2008

As part of my own personal "war on Christmas" (which a Utah state senator has offered legislation to outlaw), the WORD celebrates the season by going on hiatus until January. May all out days be merry and bright, and here’s to a safe, healthy and saner New Year. HoHoHo!

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After-school kids' program at risk for lack of funding

HAPPY TO BE HERE: Schoolkids served by the program show their enthusiasm. / Photo by Nick Peterson

By Nick Peterson

November 25, 2008 | The long-running After School Club program of Cache Valley is in jeopardy of being shut down.

The program, which is run by Logan Parks and Recreation, provides and education and skill building place for children K-5 in Cache Valley to attend. Leaders and other associates of the program are asking community members in Logan to help keep ASC alive. The program is funded entirely by grants provided by various companies and the state itself.

"Without the support of Logan city the program will definitely be finished." Community Youth Coordinator Tara Alder said,"This includes everyone involved with the community in any way. We need help from principles, teachers, parents, and even long time Logan residents."

Alder, who is the head of the program, said help from residents could include anything such as writing letters to Logan council members , promoting the program to other residents, and even personal donations. Alder also said a fund raising event for ASC called "Lights On Afterschool" is currently in the works. She said this event would be around the Christmas holidays and would involve particpation from all staff and children in the program.

ASC leader Ashlee harvey expressed her concern for the program and it's reputation. She said the program is not given the respect and admiration it deserves. Harvey explained that the program is vital for young students and their future.

"I don't think the people of Cache Valley and the state legislators will realize how important After School Club is until it is actually gone, and that's sad." Harvey said. "We're not just playing games with these kids. We are teaching them valuable skills and life lessons that they may not be getting at home, and if that's not appreciated by the stae, I don't know what should be!"

Harvey went on to explain the kids enrolled in this program are in their for good reasons. She said help from everyone in Cache Valley was vital to keeping the program around.

"Nobody is going to listen to what we are fighting for if we are not voicing our feelings to the city and state leaders." Harvey said. "If word spreads about our cause and the correct information gets aroudn to everyone, I think we have a shot at saving the program."

The ASC program is provided to six elementary schools in the valley, and it includes over 400 children. Logan Parks and Recreation is asking for help in any way to keep this program running.


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