Mayor Francis Slay recently joined Gov. Matt Blunt in commending the After School for All Partnership (A.S.A.P.), as its supporters announced 27 new or expanded after school programs that will serve nearly 1,300 students each school day throughout the St. Louis area.
The Mayor credited St. Louis For Kids for having inspired the A.S.A.P effort.
"They discovered what too many of our families already knew," said Mayor Slay. "Most children in our City do not have access to every day, after school programs
A.S.A.P.’s initial expansion of after school programs in the City is being funded by $1.85 million in public and private donations, with contributions from A. G. Edwards, City of St. Louis, MO Dept. of Social Services, Civic Progress, Greater St. Louis Community Foundation, Anheuser-Busch Foundation, Mental Health Board of Greater St. Louis, the United Way of Greater St. Louis, and others.
Over the next five years, A.S.A.P. officials hope to expand after school opportunities to thousands more St. Louis children.
The photo, by the ubiquitous Gentry W. Trotter, shows Mayor Slay; Flint Fowler, executive director of Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club; Wendell Kimbrough, Chief Executive Officer of ARCH, and Gov. Blunt.