Community Increases Funding for Second Home Program

By: McKinsey Harris Email
By: McKinsey Harris Email

It's SOL time for Harrisonburg City Schools, and Spotswood Elementary has seen test scores improving each of the past few years.

A big reason the test scores are increasing is because of the Second Home, a before- and after-school educational program for about 70 students.

The program originally received a grant because the students had low scores, but now that the scores are above passing, the grant money has been removed.

Now, the community's stepped up to help fill that void.

"People started giving us more donations and we were approved for a United Way grant, which did not cover the amount of grant that we lost, but we're still here and we're still taking it one day at a time, one step at a time," says Patty Sensabaugh, executive director for Second Home.

Other students at Spotswood Elementary started putting their "knight bucks" toward the program, as opposed to getting prizes for themselves. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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