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The Lancaster Children’s Academic and Recreation Enrichment Success (CARES) program has received additional grant funding, allowing it to open a site at Monte Vista Elementary School this upcoming school year. Recently, funding was procured allowing for expansion of CARES into Discovery Elementary and Lincoln Elementary schools. With the addition of Monte Vista Elementary, CARES will be offered at 11 sites instead of eight for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year.

In all, schools providing CARES will include: Desert View, Mariposa, Sierra, Sunnydale, Linda Verde, El Dorado, Joshua, Jack Northrop, Discovery, Lincoln, and Monte Vista.

The Lancaster School District secured grant funding totaling $91,875 for Monte Vista Elementary through the California Department of Education’s After-School Education and Safety program.

Free to the students of each school, CARES has been offered for more than a decade through a joint effort between the city and the Lancaster School District.

Each site begins its program day with a nutritious snack, after which children are guided into an afternoon filled with educational activities. Homework assistance, tutoring, and academic support in reading, math and technology are provided, as well as arts and crafts and structured recreation enrichment activities.

Enrollment is now open for the 2013-2014 school year. Applications are available in the front office at each school site. For more information, contact the Lancaster School District at (661) 948-4661 ext. 209.