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National Leader Strives to Keep Momentum Growing for Afterschool

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation recently profiled Terry Peterson (AKA “Mr. Afterschool”), chair of the Afterschool Alliance, who has spent his career working with students, parents, community groups, and elected officials to increase youth’s access to high-quality public education. Terry has been to Connecticut multiple times to support our work, and this inspirational article about one of our favorite people working in the field today is worth reading. Here’s a brief excerpt:

“Even when a school is performing well, the regular school day lacks sufficient time and opportunities to expose children and young people to the kind of academic, social and enrichment activities that will help them excel in school and in life,” he said.

“The only way schools have a shot at graduating a lot more students who are college- or career-ready is to provide more time, more people and more helping hands to get them there. That’s why afterschool and summer learning programs matter.”

To read more about Terry, view his profile at the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

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