A number of elementary schools in Lincoln County have received a $4,500 grant to go towards their after school programming.
Pumpkin Center, Rock Springs, Iron Station, North Brook and St. James elementary schools have all received the North Carolina Child Care Resource and Referral School Age Project Grant.
The grant, which is from the North Carolina Division of Child Development, helps schools with the cost of acquiring a state licensure.
â€œItâ€™s to help them achieve a star rating,â€ said Karen Darby, a regional school age specialist.
The $4,500 per school will help them compete with private daycares and after school programs.
â€œIt can go towards anything that the license consultant has determined they need,â€ said Darby.
Officials believe the funds will help create high quality after school programming that offers developmentally appropriate activities and guidance.
The after school programs are also expected to offer enrichment programs, which increase studentsâ€™ academic success.
Money can go to anything from mulch on the playground to supplies for the classroom.
The schools that were chosen serve approximately 50 to 100 children and exhibited a lack of funding.
â€œIt was a competitive grant,â€ said Darby. â€œBased on the greatest need, thatâ€™s who it went to.â€by Sarah Grano