The Bound Brook School District has partnered with Middle Earth, a non-profit, community-based agency located in Somerset County, to provide a comprehensive, afterschool program to support students’ academic, behavioral, emotional, and social growth. The program is free to youth at Smalley Elementary School.
The program is funded in its entirety with federal funds under the Every Student Succeeds Act, Title IV, Part B, Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) through a grant agreement with the New Jersey Department of Education.
WHO: Students in grade 3-6 at Smalley
WHAT: Comprehensive after school program, which supports students’ academic, behavioral, emotional and social growth in an atmosphere of mutual respect and encouragement; includes character development, physical activity, cultural and artistic opportunities, and educational field trips
WHERE: Smalley Elementary School
WHEN: After school during the school year (2:30-5:30 pm) and 4-week summer program
WHY: To develop better social skills and self-confidence, improve grades and school behavior; decrease risky behaviors; and create higher aspirations for the future.