Belle Center Loses Funding for After School Program

9:36 AM, Jul 19, 2013   |    comments
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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A local afterschool program in the city of Buffalo is hoping to get back up and running for the start of the upcoming school year.

The funding for the Belle Center's 6th through 12th grade program expired after being funded for five years. Their application to be funded again was declined by the state due to a lack of data looking ahead for the program. Evelyn Pizzaro, who runs the program for middle and high schoolers, is hoping for the best.

"In the meanwhile, we're looking for funding...desperately looking for funding. Our program is approximately 180-thousand a year and that's what it costs to run this program," Pizarro said" " So we are looking for a foundation or a program or someone out there who's willing to sponsor us for the year and meanwhile, we will reapply to the state."

The program that Pizzaro runs teaches kids how to get along, cook, repair household items, and test taking skills.
The program for students in Kindergarten through 5th grade is still running since that funding was from a separate grant.

If you would like to donate to The Belle Center, you can log onto their website at thebellecenter.org/donate or by calling 716-845-0485.

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