Rochester Project SHARE, a federally funded extended day program at Rochester Middle School, will be participating in Lights On Afterschool on Monday, October 28 as part of a national day of action to showcase and celebrate the positive impacts of afterschool programming. This event will be one of more than 8,000 similar events around the country promoted by the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure that all children have access to quality after school opportunities.
Project SHARE will be open to the public at RMS from 4:30-6:30 PM, and will offer free dinner, Halloween-themed activities throughout the school, open gym, demonstrations from the robotics teams, and an activity to promote the prevention theme of Red Ribbon Week run by Rochester Middle School’s Student Assistance Coordinator. The event will serve to highlight the importance of a safe, productive space for middle-school aged children to spend time during the often unoccupied and unaccompanied hours of 2:30-5:30 PM each day. Families, community members, and local leaders are expected to attend.
Project SHARE is funded by a 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21CCLC) federal grant, awarded to Rochester Middle School in 2017. SHARE is one of more than 30 21CCLC programs in the state of New Hampshire, offering a daily snack, one hour of homework help, three enrichment choices per day, and recreation. SHARE operates every day after school at no cost to participants, and partners with Title I, the YMCA of Strafford County, and Girls, Inc. of New Hampshire. It is currently the only afterschool program offered at Rochester Middle School, and sees a daily attendance of 50+ students.