Program allows students to stay at school longer

The goal is to help the students get better grades

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Holyoke’s Kelly Middle School has received $50,000 to continue a program designed to improve students’ grades.

The Massachusetts Education Department informed Kelly School Principal Jackie Glasheen it’ll continue funding the eight year old program. The goal is to help students get better grades. Through it, students are offered a chance to extend their school hours.

“It allows my fifth to eighth graders to spend time in the school from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. They have homework help, they have academic support, they have a plethora of opportunities for clubs,” said Principle Glasheen.

Jose Mendez, a parent volunteer, told 22News, “I feel pretty good because it helps him out, the program is good, I feel good about the program and I like it.”

The Kelly School on West Street has an enrollment of six hundred students with most living within walking distance.

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