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Participants in the Kids on Campus 2013 summer program explore Ohio University's campus.

Photographer: Jody Grenert

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Kids on Campus program lands $1.7 million in federal grants

Kids on Campus (KoC) has secured two federal grants that will channel more than $1.7 million over the next five years to the after-school and summer enrichment program for Athens-area elementary school children and teens.

The grants, $850,000 each for KoC’s Trimble Local Schools and Athens City Schools programs, were announced Aug. 9 by the U.S. Department of Education. The funds come from 21st Century Community Learning Centers, a federal program that supports academic enrichment opportunities for children, particularly those who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. 

The money will enable the grant-funded KoC, a community partnership administered by Ohio University’s College of Health Sciences and Professions, to expand its afterschool programming to a seventh site, Trimble Middle School. 

“Over the years, we have seen that KoC does make an impact in helping raise math and reading scores, said Timarie Francis, KoC program director. “In addition, with all of the expanded requirements for teachers, we really get to provide a secondary fun learning opportunity that expands the school day for our students and makes a big difference in their lives.” 

In addition to expanding after-school programming, KoC will use grant funding to develop more service-learning projects for students and enhance initiatives aimed at preparing them for college and careers, Francis said.

The mission of Kids on Campus, established in 1996, is to provide academic assistance to kids who need more help in order to meet mandatory testing requirements and to become proficient readers, writers and problem-solvers. In addition, children receive nutritious meals and snacks and participate in recreational and other enrichment activities. 

KoC operates a summer program for more than 200 students, as well as after-school programs that serve more than 400 students at Federal Hocking Middle/High School and the following elementary schools: Amesville, Chauncey, Coolville, Trimble and The Plains. KoC’s Trimble Middle School program, scheduled to launch in early October, will provide after-school services for up to 150 children.

Jody Grenert (grenert@ohio.edu) is the communication director for Ohio University’s College of Health Sciences and Professions.