CONWAY’S PROJECT SUCCEED GETS GRANT

by Christian Mower on August 15, 2012

THE PROGRAM DIRECTOR FOR THE CONWAY SCHOOL DISTRICT’S PROJECT SUCCEED PROGRAM SAYS SHE’S THRILLED IT HAS BEEN AWARDED A GRANT OF NEARLY $10,000 FROM THE GIBSON/WOODBURY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION.

THE NORTH CONWAY BASED CHARITABLE FOUNDATION WAS ESTABLISHED IN 2010 TO SUPPORT THE IDEALS OF ITS FOUNDERS. ITS MISSION IS TO ENHANCE THE VITALITY AND WELLNESS OF ALL MOUNT WASHINGTON VALLEY RESIDENTS THROUGH CHARITABLE GIVING TO ESTABLISHED NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS.

CHRISTINE THOMPSON SAYS THE MONEY WILL BE USED TO SUPPORT BEFORE – AND AFTER SCHOOL ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS AT CONWAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – OFTEN REFERRED TO AS “CONWAY EL.”

PROJECT SUCCEED SERVES ABOUT 140 STUDENTS AT ALL THREE OF CONWAY’S ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS – INCLUDING PINE TREE AND JOHN FULLER, BUT THOMPSON SAYS THE MOST NEED IS AT CONWAY EL, WHERE ABOUT 65 STUDENTS TYPICALLY SHOW UP FOR THE PROGRAM EACH DAY DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR.

THOMPSON SAYS PROJECT SUCCEED STARTED IN 1999. IT PROVIDES AN HOUR OF SUPERVISED BEFORE SCHOOL ACTIVITY AND TWO HOURS AFTER SCHOOL.

THOMPSON EXPLAINS THE PROGRAM IS FUNDED THROUGH VARIOUS SOURCES, WITH CONWAY VOTERS HISTORICALLY APPROVING ANNUAL TOWN WARRANT REQUESTS FOR ANYWHERE FROM $50,000 TO $100,000. BUT MOST SUPPORT COMES FROM GRANT FUNDING – AND FEES AND FUNDRAISERS.

PARENTS PAY A SLIDING FEE SCALE FOR THEIR CHILDREN TO PARTICIPATE BASED ON THEIR INCOME.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE THE WEBSITE AT www.projectsucceed.com.