Virginia students get more after schools programs with recent grant
January 22, 2013
The Danville Regional Foundation (DRF) recently announced a $2.3 million four-year grant for the NoBell Coalition, an organization that offers out-of-school experiences to help students succeed, according to The Caswell Messenger. The NoBell Coalition offers meaningful programs to youth between the ages of five and 18 in the region, including Danville, Pittsylvania and Caswell Counties.
"From our perspective, the NoBell Coalition is a tremendous opportunity for the region. We are pleased to make this investment and believe that this model of local nonprofits, schools and many other partners, working together towards a common goal is an important one," said Karl Stauber, president and CEO of the Danville Regional Foundation, as quoted by the news source.
Every dollar that is invested in extracurriculars can translate to $11 in returns when considering that the participants earn higher wages, don't acquire as much welfare and perform better in school, the source reports. Currently, around 16 percent of students in the Danville region participate in outside-of-school activities. Four in 10 youth surveyed by the coalition said their after school time is spent playing video games, watching television or engaging in other unstructured activities.
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