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At $20, after-school program is good deal

To McDuffie County residents:

We are pleased to announce that McDuffie County Schools will be holding after-school programs for students in all elementary schools and the middle school.

The program will no longer be 100 percent free for all students. The discounted rate of $20 per student per week remains much lower than other local alternatives. Also, those families currently receiving public assistance may apply for after-school financial aid through the local DFCS office. Thus, those relying most on free after-school care will still have the opportunity for most of the fees to be covered.

The after-school programs will be operated and managed at each individual school. Parents may begin registering for the program during open house Aug. 16 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in elementary schools, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the middle school, and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Thomson High School and the McDuffie Achievement Center. The after-school program will begin Monday, Aug. 29.

Another item of interest that parents should be aware of is that all students in elementary and middle school will receive free lunch and free breakfast for the 2011-2012 school year. All high school students will receive free breakfast. We will not be asking parents to submit an "E-rate" survey this year. We still depend upon our "Free and Reduced" survey application for the system to qualify for federal grants, so we will be asking for all of those to be completed.

Any parent who submitted an affidavit of residency last year must do so again immediately.

We ask all parents to attend open house and to complete all paperwork at that time. Aug. 18 is our first day of school.

We all look forward to an exciting new year in our schools. Again, thank you for allowing us the opportunity to teach your child.


Jim L. LeBrun, superintendent

McDuffie County Schools

Web posted on Thursday, August 11, 2011

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