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CASA GRANDE — The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sun Corridor will receive about $123,500 as a share of millions of dollars in funding slated to help organizations statewide provide summer programming for children.

Gov. Doug Ducey announced in April that the state will distribute $26.5 million to support summer learning programs, with about $5 million given to the Arizona Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs to share with clubs statewide.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sun Corridor is one of more than a dozen organizations that are members of the alliance.

“These funds will help cover our costs associated with our three summer programs,” said Matt Lemberg, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sun Corridor.

The local organization, which serves students in Casa Grande, Maricopa and Arizona City, was notified Tuesday of the grant amount.

Lemberg said the money is welcome and appreciated.

“With our big fundraiser, Dancing with Our Stars, pushed back, we are grateful for the extra money,” he said.

The organization will operate summer programs at three facilities this year including two in Casa Grande — at the Nap Lawrence Branch and Len Colla Center — and one at the Maricopa/Santa Cruz Branch.

Between the three locations, the club anticipates serving about 300 kids this summer.

The grant money distributed by the state is aimed at addressing the impact of the pandemic on students and learning, an April 29 press release from the governor’s office said.

“Our teachers, students and families have worked hard to stay on track and ensure Arizona kids have all the support they need,” Ducey said in the press release. “We need to keep up this momentum. That’s why we’re providing additional dollars to avoid the summer slide, maintain student engagement, provide tutoring, enhance educators’ professional development and collect data on student outcomes. The effects of the pandemic don’t go away just because many students are back in the classroom, and we will continue to work with school leaders and educators to make sure Arizona kids remain on the path to success.”

More than $26 million will be distributed statewide through the effort.

Those receiving the funding include:

  • Project Momentum: $17.5 million
  • Boys & Girls Clubs Summer Programming: $5 million to open for programs designed to mitigate learning loss, particularly among under-served youths.
  • Graduation Alliance, $2.4 million
  • Center for the Future of Arizona, Beat the Odds Principals Cohort: $700,000
  • Teach for America, Ignite Tutoring: $500,000 for the 2021-22 school year
  • Jobs for Arizona Graduates: $300,000
  • FosterEd Data Collection and Review, $125,000
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Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at mstaude@pinalcentral.com.