Cycle Oregon donated a $5,000 grant to Pendleton Parks and Recreation to help create an after-school program. Cycle Oregon received $579,300 in requests, but awarded only a few grants.
The after-school program is a new initiative by Pendleton Parks and Recreation, a partnership with Pendleton School District and InterMountain Education Service District. The program came about in response to the community survey administered by Campbell and DeLong Resources, Inc. earlier this year. The community-wide survey showed that the largest unmet recreation need in the community is after-school care.
The program will take place in the elementary schools and consist of physical activity, a nutritious snack, and rotating art, music and STEM activities. The program costs $8 per child per day. The Cycle Oregon grant will be used to purchase supplies for the activities.
Partial and full scholarships will be made available to those who need them. Pendleton Parks and Recreation is currently fundraising to start that scholarship fund, with a goal to provide as many scholarships as needed so no one is turned away. The parks department anticipates serving up to 100 children the first year.