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Children's After School Achievement
Program Receives Community Grants

Posted April 17, 2000

          HOLLAND -- The Children's After School Achievement
  (CASA) Program at Hope College has received support through
  grants from two local community organizations.
          The Youth Advisory Committee of The Community
  Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area has awarded CASA
  $8,500 for the "Science for Every Child" program.  The
  Holland Junior Welfare League has awarded CASA $935 for
  "Bursting With Books."
          The contributions will benefit CASA's elementary-
  age students during the school year and summer alike,
  bolstering current activities and adding new ones.
          "These two grants completely open the door for us
  to enrich our program by meeting areas of need that are
  always present but can't be addressed until we have
  funding," said Fonda Green, who is CASA's executive
  director.
          Through "Science for Every Child," CASA will
  explore science principles as a complement to the students'
  work in school.  The program will include field trips to the
  Children's Museum and a gypsum mine in Grand Rapids; a
  summer-time "scientist-in-residence"; and hands-on
  instruction in chemistry, sound, light, machines, flight and
  magnets.
          Through "Bursting With Books," CASA will restock
  its supply of old, worn and outdated books and educational
  materials.  The books range from science-oriented stories,
  to an atlas, to fables; the materials include educational
  games.  CASA's students use the items daily in one-on-one
  tutoring sessions.
          CASA runs year-round, providing substance abuse
  prevention, cultural
  awareness, academic and career experiences to at-risk
  kindergarten through fifth grade students.  The program is
  intended to improve the students' academic performance and
  help them develop healthy, productive lifestyles.  CASA's
  students meet after school twice per week for two hours per
  session throughout the school year, and in the mornings
  during the six-week summer session.
          Approximately 100 students participate during the
  school-year session, and 90 during the summer.  This
  semester, 100 volunteers--including Hope students and
  members of the community--have been serving as tutors for
  the program.
          Established by Marge Rivera in 1987, CASA was
  originally administered by Latin Americans United for
  Progress (LAUP) and housed at First United Methodist Church.
  The program moved to the college in 1989, and is housed on
  the ground level of Graves Hall.
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