Students in our BOOST after-school program are getting a boost in their education thanks to a $5000 grant!
The Rising Stars grant was awarded from Pennsylvania Keys, an accreditation system for early learning and education programs. The funds will be used to purchase iPads, art materials, as well as supplies for an engineering class for the BOOST site at Forrest Elementary School, which serves more than 50 students.
iPads have become a powerful educational tool in classrooms around the world. Experts say iPads provide an interactive, creative platform for learning, and in addition to the immediate benefit of engaging students, iPads are known to improve education efficiency and standards.
“Some of the schools where BOOST sites are located have laptops and other technology already, but at Forrest, kids don’t have access to technology,” said Stacy McMurray Leonard, Program Manager, BOOST. “I wouldn’t be surprised if this was the first-time some of our students have used an iPad,” she added.
BOOST– Best Out of School Time – is a program of Liberty’s Lutheran Children and Family Service and offers an array of fantastic programs to nearly 1000 children in elementary and middle schools in Philadelphia, including homework assistance, recreation, arts and crafts, a certified after-school curriculum, computer lab, field trips and more. The goal is to support the growth and development of each child by providing a safe, caring, adult-supervised after-school environment and to build upon the physical, social, emotional and cognitive skills developed by children in school.
About Liberty Lutheran
Incorporated in 2001 and headquartered in Ambler, Pa., Liberty Lutheran, with locations across Pennsylvania and combined service history of 300 years, faithfully provides vital resources to more than 61,000 individuals and families facing life-changing situations. These individualized services include independent and personal care, skilled nursing, rehabilitation, hospice care, in-home supports, wellness services, children and family services, integration services for immigrants and political refugees and disaster response. Liberty Lutheran’s team of dedicated employees serves individuals and families through their family of services in Pennsylvania, including Artman, Paul’s Run Retirement Community, Liberty at Home, Lutheran Children and Family Service, Lutheran Congregational Services, The Hearth at Drexel (formerly Mary J. Drexel,) and The Village at Penn State. www.libertylutheran.org