The program currently serves 2,000 students in Roane, Jackson, and Mason Counties (1/5 the total after school population in WV) and operates 3 preschools in Roane and Jackson Counties. PATCH successfully administers several different grants that focus on character education, tobacco, drug, and alcohol prevention, civic duty and service learning, watershed and clean water awareness, entreprenurial job skills, and leadership. The PATCH staff endeavor each year to offer programs that children are excited to participate in, and this maintains interest and involvement. From entrepreneurial and job skill courses to heritage and traditional instruction (fiddle, guitar, quilting/crocheting, fly tying, etc) to science and technology, the courses offered through the PATCH program continue to offer students a choice of unique programs that “are intentional, involve choice, and develop the use of new and exciting opportunities for learning” which are key components to successful academic achievement as cited by research presented in the Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP, Feb. 2008). PATCH offers a variety of 94 different educational enrichment programs across the counties for grades Pre K-12 and their families and plans to keep the same success record at the schools, for the students, and for families that we serve.
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