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New money fuels Kids Zone expansion

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 19th, 2012

Supporters and board members of the Kids Zone, a nationally acclaimed after school program in Depoe Bay, gathered last Friday to accept a $15,000 grant from Frank Geltner, right, representing The Oregon Community Foundation. From left to right are Al Gleason, Byron Lewis, Patti Eisler, Dick Johnson, Liz Martin, Bob Houston, Jan Gleason and Toby Winn. (Photo by Rick Beasley)

A cutting edge after-school program that began as an attempt to stop open drug-dealing in Depoe Bay and grew into a nationally acclaimed arts and sciences academy will double in size next year with the infusion of new endowments, grants and non-stop fundraising.

Last week, members of the board of directors of the school’s parent organization, Neighbors for Kids (NFK), learned that their operating budget would swell from about $180,000 in 2012 to about $400,000 in 2013. The increase, mainly through matching grants, will allow the center to add five teaching professionals to the current roster of four paid employees, expand programs and tap a waiting list that should drive enrollment well beyond the 217 children now being served.

For the complete article see the 12-19-2012 issue.

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