GREENSBORO – WonderArts was recently selected to receive $20,000 in funding from the Vermont Afterschool Summer Matters for All grant program. According to Governor Phil Scott, the Summer Matters for All grant program will award up to $3.85 million to programs in 13 counties with the goal of expanding access to summer enrichment opportunities for K-to-12 youth this summer.
WonderArts offers enrichment-based learning, with core activities occurring in the morning before an afternoon spent exploring recreation activities or visiting Caspian Beach. Each week explores elements of WonderArts’ core areas of focus: arts, recreation, technology, and sustainability.
“Our Summer Enrichment Program serves youth of the Northeast Kingdom with stimulating programming and a safe environment. Our youth will be able to explore new areas of interest and interact in-person during the summer months for the first time in more than a year,” says WonderArts Executive Director Kathryn Lovinsky.
Governor Scott has put an emphasis on helping Vermont children recover from the pandemic and the isolation it caused, including creating opportunities for them to safely reconnect with their peers and their communities. The purpose of the grant program is to increase access to summer enrichment opportunities for K-to-12 youth statewide during the summer of 2021. This was a highly competitive process, with 188 proposals requesting $7,427,584 in requests, which far exceeded available funds.
The grants, funded by federal dollars secured by Senator Bernie Sanders and administered by Vermont Afterschool, were awarded to a variety of programs, including summer camps, libraries, municipalities, teen centers, non-profit social services organizations and more, to expand the number of weeks and slots, as well as to increase affordability and accessibility of summer programs. These offerings will supplement school-based programs, as districts in Vermont received separate federal funds to support summer learning and afterschool programs.