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Lupardo Announces New Afterschool Programs Funded by State Assembly

By Emily Girsch.
The hours after school, between 3 and 5 p.m, are about to become a lot more exciting for middle school students in the Binghamton City School District.

Programs offered when school is over for the day are receiving funds for an upgrade.

Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo was able to bring in $150,000 from the State Assembly to support after school programs.

Binghamton plans to use the funds at each of its middle schools.

Officials say after school activities improve both grades and behavior.

"If you can engage them they'll stay after school, they'll learn something," said Lupardo. "Parents can have peace of mind that their children are in a safe place. It's an advantage all the way around for the community."

Binghamton City School District Superintendent Marion Martinez also spoke at the press conference this afternoon. She said with 75 percent of city district students living in poverty, these programs will help keep students out of trouble and get them thinking about college.