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OXNARD : Funds Urged for After-School Effort

Organizers of a pilot program aimed at allowing Oxnard elementary students to remain at school until late afternoon say they need $7,000 in donations to get the program under way.

The After School Program, created by Supervisor John K. Flynn and a group of Oxnard residents, has raised $18,000, but it will cost $25,000 to run the program for a year.

Flynn said senior citizens and high school and college students plan to supervise children ages 6 to 12 on weekdays during recreational activities and help them with schoolwork.

The program is scheduled to be implemented at Driffill and Lemonwood schools at the end of September. All children living in the schools’ neighborhoods would be able to stay at the schools until 5:30 p.m. free of charge.

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“Even though this is a small program, it’s going to have a big impact on our children,” Flynn said. “The more attention we pay to our children, the less attention we have to pay to our prisons.”

For more information or to donate, call Flynn’s office at 654-2706 or the Oxnard Boys & Girls Club at 488-5717.


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