Local after-school programs to stay open

April 2, 2009 12:39:03 PM PDT
After-school programs in Richmond and San Pablo will remain open thanks to a donation.

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Students from the West Contra Costa Unified School District showed off a check on Thursday morning for more than $190,000.

The money became necessary in February, when a huge budget deficit put the programs for some 645 kids in jeopardy.

The call went out for help, and corporations like Kaiser and Chevron, as well as government agencies and non-profits responded in a big way.

"I deeply believe children, rich or poor, urban or suburban, have the right for outstanding education opportunities both during the day inside the classroom and as well as in the afterschool programs, great education is essential to a great society," said Irene Scully from the Irene Scully Family Foundation.

District officials credited the collaboration, and say the money will provide elementary students with a safe and enriching after-school environment.

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