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Salvation Army plans after-school program in Tecumseh

The Shawnee Salvation Army, which serves Lincoln, Pottawatomie and Seminole counties, recently received a grant from the state Department of Education’s Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER). of Oklahoma (OSDE).

Grants for an after-school program in the Tecumseh Public School District. The award totals $397,916 with seed funding and an annual award through June 2024.

“This grant provides the necessary funding to enable us to expand our Boys and Girls Club after-school program to an underserved community in Pottawatomie County,” said Capt. Patrick Connelly, Commanding Officer of The Salvation Army Shawnee.

The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club will provide healthy snacks, mentoring, tutoring and games for students in grades one through five Monday through Friday from 3:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. The Army of the Hi partners with Tecumseh Public Schools to provide the free program for Barnard and Cross Timbers students. Transportation will be provided from Barnard to Cross Timbers where the activities will take place. Programming will focus on building character and leadership through healthy lifestyles and academic success. The setting provides a fun and safe environment where young people can reach their full potential.

“This award gives us the opportunity to do as much good as possible for the young people who need us most in the community,” said Julio Sanchez, director of the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club in Shawnee. “It allows us to provide a safe and fun place where great futures begin.

“We look forward to this opportunity to work with the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club,” said Robert Kinsey, Superintendent of Tecumseh Schools. “This will provide our students and families with the supports they need, and we believe have a major impact on our students, both academically and emotionally.”

This is the start of something big for our district and our community, he said.

For more information or to register, call (405) 273-1470.

About the Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical branch of the Universal Christian Church established in 1865, has supported those in need in its name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans each year receive assistance from the Salvation Army through the widest range of social services, from providing food for the hungry, disaster relief, assistance to people with disabilities, awareness for the elderly and sick, clothing and shelter for the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children.