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Merrill schools to receive $120,000 in federal grants

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by Meg Bonacorsi

MERRILL (WAOW) -- A local school district is set to receive over $100,000 in federal grant money.

Two Merrill Elementary schools were chosen to receive funding to support after school activities.

Kate Goodrich and Washington will get a combined $120,000 for their 21st century community learning centers.

School leaders say it's a great opportunity for students who have working parents.

Superintendent Dr. Lisa Snyder says, "So that they have things to do after school instead of just being at daycare or at home waiting for a parent. This gives another opportunity to extend the learning day in a fun and engaging way for our kids."

The after school programs combine academic, enrichment, social and recreational activities.

Students who may be falling behind in certain subjects are especially encouraged to participate, however anyone can sign up. The after school programs also provide activities for entire families so parents can get involved.

Studies show students perform better academically if they participate in organized, structured activities provided by community learning centers.

Online Reporter: Meg Bonacorsi

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