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ACAP loses funding for after school programs in Westport, Schroon

Spencer Jansen and Gianluca Caputo make origami figures during the Westport ACAP After School Program. ACAP will be closing the Westport and Schroon Lake programs after not receiving state funding to keep them in operation.

Spencer Jansen and Gianluca Caputo make origami figures during the Westport ACAP After School Program. ACAP will be closing the Westport and Schroon Lake programs after not receiving state funding to keep them in operation. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Funding for a popular program offered by Adirondack Community Action Programs will not be available this fall, leaving kids in Westport and Schroon Lake without their usual after school activities.

According to ACAP Director Alan Jones, the grant funding used to run the after school programs in the two towns was cut for the coming school year. It had come through the Advantage After School Program, part of the New York State Office of Children and Family services.

"They renewed the grant funding every five years, and this would have been our third round of funding," Jones said. "I would say that this is the end of the program, unless something comes out of the state budget, but we have not heard of anything yet."

Jones said ACAP had applied for similar funding through the State Education Department for their after school programs in Moriah and Crown Point.

"We have not heard anything back on those yet," he said.

Jones said that his organization recently received an $1,800 grant from the United Way to help increase enrollment at the Moriah program, but that there were no current grant programs available that would offer the amount of funding needed to run a program throughout the school year.

"We have looked everywhere — there is just no money available out there," Jones said. "We are constantly looking for revenue sources for the programs.""

Currently, there are 29 students, grades K-6, enrolled in the Westport and Schroon Lake programs combined, with a total of six part-time staff members.

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