Dysart et al is asking the province for money to grow its after-school program. The municipality is applying for $50,000 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Grow Grant. According to Recreation and Programs Coordinator Andrea Mueller, the funding would be over a 36 month period.

The program currently runs on Wednesdays at Stuart Baker Elementary and is for children between the ages of six and nine-years-old. Mueller says if the application is successful, Dysart would be able to run the program weekly throughout the school year and would be able to include students between the ages of 10 and 12. Mueller says the program that started in March has a waiting list big enough to fill an additional two programs.

She adds the municipality doesn’t have to kick in any money as part of the grant application. She also says there is hard evidence to suggest youth are not receiving enough physical activity.

After school program has enough students to fill another two classes