The programming includes homework help, arts and crafts, sports recreation, a cooking club, teen book club, technology, character development and community service, among other activities.
Tyrell said the Sidney club’s budget is about $80,000 annually. Membership costs $10 annually for each child, she said, but the cost isn’t within reach to some families, especially if they have more than one child participating.
The JCPenney’s donation will help the club reach children in the area covered, which includes Sidney, Sidney Center, Bainbridge, Masonville, Unadilla, Afton, and Franklin, Tyrell said. The club was required to submit an application for the funding.
Part of the More Members More Often Program is Club 105, which encourages participation, Tyrell said. Children attending programs 31, 52 and 105 days in a calendar year are recognized with awards, such as a backpack, T-shirt or hooded sweatshirt.
“The kids are amazing,” said Tyrell, who started as executive director in July.
“We are so grateful to the community for continuing to support the important work we are doing in our club after-school each day,” Tyrell said in the release.