San Mateo County Awards $3.2 Million for Summer Programs | News

Costaño Elementary Kindergarten Matthias keeps track of schedules on a whiteboard in a classroom at the Boys and Girls Club of East Palo Alto in 2020. The program is one of the county’s grant recipients of San Mateo in 2022. Embarcadero Media file photo by Magali Gauthier.

San Mateo County has set aside $3.2 million in grants to send more than 2,500 local students to enrichment programs this summer, officials announced Wednesday, April 6.

“This is a huge win for a group that, after two years of COVID, really needs a win: students from low-income families,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Don Horsley. “These grants will provide urgent opportunities for students whose families have typically been hardest hit financially during the pandemic.”

The $3,217,500 in new grants comes from the US Federal Rescue Plan Act, or ARPA, a stimulus package to help state and local governments weather the problems caused by the pandemic.

In total, the county funds 42 providers who operate 72 programs, including programs in East Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Atherton.

The funds will allow the Ravenswood City School District and the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula to serve an additional 240 East Palo Alto and Menlo Park students in kindergarten through eighth grade through its free summer enrichment program. of a full day of four weeks.

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