After School Enrichment Partnership (ASEP) Program
The Ashland Schools Foundation began an after-school enrichment program in the three elementary schools during the 2017-18 school year. The program was started because the schools had lost nearly all after school programming due to cuts in Federal Title 1 funds.
ASF partnered with SOU Pre-College Youth Programs to develop and implement the program. The partnership offered after-school classes for 2nd-5th graders on Tuesdays-Thursdays during three 6-week sessions in the fall, winter and spring. The program had 500 student enrollments and 40% of those were low-income students with their tuition fully waived. The students experienced fun, educational classes like:
Unfortunately, we had to commit to the program without full funding in place, and the program ran at a deficit this school year. ASF does not have the resources to run at a deficit we put all of our donations in use each year.
In order to keep the ASEP program in the schools in the 2018-19 school year, we will need to raise $50,000 by June 20, 2018 or be forced to close the program. This will also enable us to write grants and fundraise during the school year to get funding for the following year.
If we are able to keep the ASEP program in the schools next year, we plan to open up the program to John Muir and Willow Wind elementary-aged students. Obviously we don't have the funds to bring programs to their schools, but they will be invited to register for courses at Bellview, Helman or Walker but they will need to provide their own transportation to get there.
Click HERE to view the recent Tidings Article about the program fund drive.
Heres what parents with kids in the program had to say:
We need your help! Please help us save the ASEP program after all, its barely had a chance to get established!
NOTE: please write for ASEP in the comments line.
100 Walker Ave
Ashland OR 97520
NOTE: If our fund drive is not successful, you will be contacted about returning your gift. Your support will make a significant impact for our youngest learners.