After-school program breaks ties with Partners

By JOSH NICHOLS
Daily Press writer
Entering its second semester of service providing after-school programs for Moffat County students, Recreational After School Doorway (RAD) has decided to part ways with Moffat County Partners.
For the past year, Moffat County Partners has provided 501 C-3 and fiscal support to the RAD program.
This means through Moffat County Partners, RAD obtained non-profit status and was eligible for more grant money.
"We have thoroughly enjoyed seeing the progress made by RAD After-School Program coordinator Dianne Gould," Moffat County Partners Board Chairperson Robin McKenzie said. "She personally believes in what after-school programming has to offer to the kids of Moffat County, and has implemented some very innovative ideas for activities that the youth really enjoy participating in."
Eventually RAD hopes to seek its own non-profit status.
Until then Grand Futures will act as its fiscal agent.
"This is a little step toward being out on our own," Gould said.
McKenzie said Moffat County Partners was happy to help RAD get its start.
"Moffat County Partners believes in providing alternative, structured activities for youth," she said. "We are proud to have been able to support the beginning of this necessary project in our community and wish them a successful road in providing ongoing after-school activities for youth.
"We helped them get grants and get started. Because they have their own advising council they've decided to break off on their own," she said. "Their goal is to be a completely stand-alone organization. Dianne has done an awesome job and we want to see them continue to succeed."
The RAD program is an after-school project for 5th and 6th graders.
A few programs conducted during the fall semester included rock climbing, homework help, guitar lessons and sign language classes.
Elisa Shackelton, family and consumer sciences agent with the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Office, helped co-write the original grant with Debi Landoll, Director of Moffat County Partners.
Shackelton said the school district also deserves credit in getting the program started.
"RAD would not be happening without the school district's support," she said. "We're lucky to have the board and administration that we do."

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