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Recently awarded grant funding will help support after-school programming for youth in Washington County.

COURTESY PHOTO: WASHINGTON COUNTY KIDS - Washington County Kids president and chief executive Katie Riley.Local after-school programming nonprofit Washington County Kids says recently awarded grants will help boost opportunities for kids.

The organization has also announced a new poster contest to show the value of kids' "out-of-school" time.

Founded in 2009, Washington County Kids has been working to increase access to early childhood education and after-school and summer programs for kids. Partnering with individuals and agencies across the county, the organization seeks to overcome costs and other barriers to after-school programs.

A $7,500 grant from the Spirit Mountain Community Fund and a $10,000 grant from the Collins Foundation will help increase youth access to after-school programs, Washington County Kids officials said in a Dec. 22 statement.

The organization also received $27,000 in grant support from the Meyer Memorial Trust this year to support increasing equity and access to out-of-school time in Washington County, officials said.

"With the support of these grants Washington County Kids will advance and grow their work with program providers, school districts, parents, civic groups, and business and elected leaders to expand awareness of the need for and value of OST programs and serve as a resource for providers and community," officials said.

The funds also supported the hiring of an events coordinator at the organization to assist in developing programming.

Additionally, Washington County Kids has announced "Afterschool Is Cool!," a poster contest for students participating in after-school programming in Washington County.

The contest invites K-12 students to creatively share what they like best about their after-school programs.

Registration forms and posters must be turned in to students' after-school program coordinators by Jan. 26, 2022.

Judges for the contest include Washington County Commissioner Jerry Willey and local artists Linda Holland and Ed Labadie.

COURTESY IMAGE: WASHINGTON COUNTY KIDS - After-school programming nonprofit Washington County Kids is hosting a poster contest to show the value of out-of-school time.Artwork will be displayed at the contest showcase at the Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Center in Hillsboro from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 1, 2022. Winners will be announced at 7:30 p.m.

Participants will be considered in two groups: elementary/middle school and high school.

Winners will receive cash prizes, and their artwork will later be displayed on TriMet buses and transit stop benches.

Registration forms and contest guidelines are available on the Washington County Kids website.

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