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United Way of Long Island Community Schools Project Launches Atkinson Community Enrichment Program in Freeport

United Way of Long Island’s Community Schools Project, supported by the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, recently opened its Atkinson Community Enrichment Program (ACEP) in the Freeport School District.

The program operates three days per week—Tuesday through Thursday—from 2:30 p.m to 5:30 p.m at the Caroline G. Atkinson Intermediate School in Freeport. The program offers unique services designed to improve the educational outcomes of disadvantaged students.  It provides a safe and supervised after-school environment that combines teaching and learning with an array of social, health, child and youth development services, while emphasizing community and parental involvement. 

Each student participates in three academic sessions per week, along with enrichment classes in Robotics, Yoga, Bucket Drumming, Fashion Design, Cartooning, Guitar, Recreation, Martial Arts, Character Education, Homework Help and Book Club. Ninety-four students are currently enrolled.

Other ACEP partners include The Great Neck Arts Center; Hofstra University Graduate School of Education; and SUNY Old Westbury’s Community Action Learning and Leadership Program. Additional services are provided by Breath N Flow Yoga of Freeport, Westbury Recreation Center, Refugee Church of Christ and a local martial arts center.

The Community Schools Project currently serves middle school students from the Westbury and Brentwood school districts. For more information on Community Schools, contact Sandra Mahoney at smahoney@unitedwayli.org.