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Merrimack Valley

November 11, 2013

Lawrence schools partner with enrichment programs to extend school day


Butterfield said she has seen students carryover what they have learned at the Boys and Girls Club into the school.

“They are holding doors for others, saying, ‘Thank you.’ They are building self-confidence and improving their attitude in school in situations where in the past would have been different,” she said. “It’s exciting to see that it works.”

In addition to the Boys and Girls Club, Guilmette School works with Groundwork Lawrence, Greater Lawrence Boating Program, Beyond Soccer, Merrimack College, Canal Street Boxing, and Merrimack Valley Community School of Music in providing different programs at the club and at the school.

The Boys and Girls Club has also partnered with Wetherbee Elementary. Other partnerships include Imajine That with Wetherbee and Parthum; Merrimack Valley YMCA with Arlington Middle and Leahy; South Lawrence East Elementary and Parthum Elementary are working with Andover Breadloaf and Phillips Academy, a writing and pen pal program that was in the schools before the extended learning time, but has been expanded. Playworks Massachusetts is working with Guilmette, Parthum and South Lawrence East and The Joey Fournier Services is doing anti-bullying/violence prevention at the Bruce, Frost, Wetherbee, South Lawrence East Middle and Parthum.

In addition, the University of Massachusetts Extension program has expanded its nutrition education classes at almost every school.

The Extended Learning Time initiative is paid for by finding savings internally, including $1.6 million saved by reducing Central Office staff. Parthum, South Lawrence East and Guilmette schools received 21st Century grants for enrichment partners and blended learning.

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