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Photos courtesy of NIA Community Services Network
Photos courtesy of NIA Community Services Network
Students participate in NIA after-school activities.

Students, clear your schedules.

After-school programs are on their way to 11 Brooklyn schools thanks to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Middle School Expansive Initiative, or SONYC, announced NIA Community Services Network, the not-for-profit network behind the new programs.

“This means a lot more of everything,” said Peter Grosett, NIA communications and development specialist.

NIA has been turning tables in after-school classrooms for years, offering up activities as varied and unique as homework support, fashion design, photography, gardening and even cooking.

“It’s a lot more than just more programs. We’re hiring more people for all of our positions,” he said, “and, of course, this means more children, more families and a greater presence throughout Brooklyn.”

Beginning in September, NIA will offer SONYC after-school programs at Bay Academy, I.S. 98; The Christa McAuliffe School, I.S. 187; Dyker, I.S. 229; The Fort Hamilton School, P.S./I.S. 104; Herbert S. Eisenberg, I.S. 303; Kingsborough Early College School; The Magnet School for Math and Science Inquiry, I.S. 192; Mary White Ovington, P.S./I.S. 30; Nelson A. Rockefeller, I.S. 121; New Voices School of Academic & Creative Arts; and the Urban Assembly School for Criminal Justice.

Additionally, NIA will continue serving students and families at schools in Bensonhurst, Bay Ridge, Gravesend, Bath Beach, Sunset Park and other Brooklyn nabes. These schools include P.S. 186, P.S. 204, P.S. 247, I.S. 227, P.S. 264, P.S. 95, P.S. 229, I.S. 281, P.S. 503/506, and Citizens of the World Charter School.

Recently awarded Advantage After School funding, NIA will also see an increase in the number of students served at the ExpandED school, P.S. 186K, and offer a free, five-day-a-week program at P.S. 330Q.

These programs, said Grosett, are a combination of academic enrichment, physical education, and arts.

“After school is the most dangerous time to be a child,” he said, “unless you’re in a positive, constructive activity.”

NIA is proud to be that activity, now, for hundreds more students.

“We are giving them more school time, more educational time and at much lower costs,” said Grosett. “We’re expanding the school day and our programs are fun.”

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