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City of Jacksonville getting $765,000 for afterschool programs

9:20 AM, Oct 17, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- More than three quarters of a million dollars is coming to Jacksonville to help in afterschool programs.

The Wallace Foundation and the National League of Cities is awarding Jacksonville a $765,000 grant for afterschool programs.  Afterschool programs are often touted as a way to keep children out of trouble and help them with school work.

According to the city, Jacksonville was selected for the grant because of "innovation in out of school programming" and the support for after school programs from city leaders.

Mayor Alvin Brown says the grant money will focus on training and gathering data, so afterschool programs can be better targeted.

"I think with data driven, looking at the statistics of what we can do better, having a strategy that is consistent across the board and throughout the city, that is a very powerful thing," says Mayor Brown.

Jacksonville was one of only nine cities selected for the grant.

The grant money will be distributed over the next 4 years.

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