New program will remove barrier to after-school participation, Weinstein says

Via Baltimore Sun

On Monday morning, County Council member Jon Weinstein announced the launch of Driving Student Success, a program that will collect donations from local businesses to provide students participating in after-school activities with a bus ride home.

“There is a direct correlation between a student’s academic success and future opportunities and their involvement in activities after school,” said Weinstein, a Democrat who represents District 1. “Whether participating in a club, seeking extra help or playing a sport, our students should have the opportunity to stay after school and still have access to transportation home.”

“Howard County is proud of its school system and this program promotes community support that will help maintain its excellence,” said Lisa Olivieri, chair of the foundation. She joined Weinstein and Superintendent Renee Foose at a press conference about the program at Howard High. “We look forward to continuing to work with the business community and the councilman to grow this program.”

According to a report by the Harvard Family Research Project, participation in after-school programs positively impacts students’ academic success, but also their social and emotional health.

“A decade of research and evaluation studies, as well as large-scale, rigorously conducted syntheses looking across many research and evaluation studies, confirms that children and youth who participate in after school programs can reap a host of positive benefits in a number of interrelated outcome areas — academic, social/emotional, prevention, and health and wellness,” wrote the authors of the report, Priscilla Little, Christopher Wimer and Heather Weiss.

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