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Fort Worth After School celebrates 20th anniversary with birthday party

Posted Nov. 4, 2019

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Mayor Price and Miguel Garcia blow out candles on a cake
Miguel Garcia Jr., director of Fort Worth After School, and Mayor Betsy Price blow out the candles to celebrate the 20th birthday of the Fort Worth After School program.

The Fort Worth After School program celebrated its 20-year anniversary with a party, including a birthday cake and cupcakes lit with candles and LED lights.

Since 2000, Fort Worth After School has provided high-level enrichment programs after school from 3-5 p.m. primarily for students in grades 3-8. High schools participate, intermittently, through 21st Century Community Learning Center grants. More than 7,000 students participate in the program over the course of a school year.

The birthday party took place at Fort Worth ISD’s Van Zandt-Guinn Elementary School with Mayor Betsy Price and Texas State Sen. Beverly Powell presenting congratulatory proclamations.

FWISD Board of Education Trustees Anael Luebanos and Tobi Jackson, Acting Fort Worth Public Events Director Richard Zavala and National Youth Ambassador Vidiriana Gonzalez also attended the fete. After School participants from Van Zandt-Guinn and other students, including cheerleaders from D. McRae, Mitchell Boulevard and Alice Contreras elementary schools, joined in the fun.

“Long-term data shows that students who participate for longer periods of time perform better in school and achieve higher scores on their STAAR tests,” said Miguel Garcia Jr., Fort Worth After School director. “Residents of Fort Worth should also know that no Fort Worth After School regular participant has ever matriculated through Tarrant County Juvenile Services, suggesting students make better decisions and make productive citizens.”

The program serves nearly 80 sites.

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