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Councilman David James, Mayor Greg Fischer, the Boy Scouts of America and Metro Parks announce innovative pilot after school program for California Community Center

Monday March 4, 2013

For Immediate Release:
Democratic Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137 / 526-3622

Louisville – In partnership with the Lincoln Heritage Council and Metro Parks, Councilman David James (D-6) announces a new after school pilot program designed to help keep at risk children in school and teach them needed skills to deal with drugs, violence and life.

“Our goal with this program is to help children make the right choices in life,” says James. “We know that if we are to change behaviors of kids at risk, it is best to start at an early age. If we are successful, we can expand this program across Metro Louisville.”

This after school pilot program is designed to help 30 to 40 students at Wheatley Elementary ranging from the second through fourth grade. The students will be recommended from Wheatley’s Family Resource Center.

The funding for this beginning program is being provided soley by the Boy Scouts of America, Lincoln Heritage Council Chapter of Louisville.

Working with the Jefferson County Public School System, the program will offer personalized tutoring as well as monitoring school performance and attitude.

“We are excited about the possibilities this center might provide these students. The BSA is glad to expand its programs and services to help kids and families beyond our traditional cub and boy scouting programs. Hopefully this partnership can have the impact desired and community will see but as valuable enough to support,” Clint Scharff, Deputy Scout Executive, Lincoln Heritage Council BSA

The program is based at the California Park Community Center. Metro Parks is providing space in the facility for classrooms, gym, kitchen and activity space for the program Monday-Thursday 3:45 PM-6:45 PM.

“My administration has been diligently working to strengthen what occurs in Louisville when school is not in session, also known as out-of-school time, while also striving to make our neighborhoods safer by reducing violence,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “This program and partnership can play a role in reaching both goals.”

While education is the key to the program, it will also offer a variety of other learning situation in life skills, resistance skills, character building and fine arts activities

David James (D) 6