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    About After 3

    Northern Bedford After 3 students get ready to launch the hot air ballon they made.

    The After 3 program is part of a countywide consortium that provides free after school programming for Bedford County Students grades 6 to 12 under grants through the Pennsylvania Department of Education and through cooperative agreements with the county's five school districts public charter school. The school districts include Bedford Area, Chestnut Ridge, Everett Area, Northern Bedford County and Tussey Mountain. The charter school is Hope for Hyndman. The Bedford County 21st Century Community Learning Centers Consortium is the only one of its type in Pennsylvania to provide afterschool programming countywide among all county public schools.

    Programming is provided throughout the school year, 3-6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays except on days with early dismissals or for inclement weather.

    Each day students are provided with a snack and then engage in an hour of tutoring/homework help. Academic enrichment and recreation round out the day. Transportation home is provided by district buses.

    The consortium is directed by countywide staff, including Project Directors Lyn Skillington and Dr. Walter Curfman. A steering committee made up of administrators from the county's five school districts along with representatives from community-based organizations meeting periodically to oversee the projects.

    The secondary After 3 program started in the 2011-12 school year, and the consortium enrolls more than 600 Bedford County students annually and provides employment for more than 60 full and part-time staff members who provide more than 400 hours of after school programming at each of site throughout Bedford County.

    For more information about the program, e-mail or call the Project Director (814) 624-4810 or click on the link above to read more about After 3 sites and their activities.


    The After 3 program is funded through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education as part of the Federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers program and is offered free of charge to all students in grades 6-12 in Bedford County.