RUTLAND, Vt., June 25 – Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today announced federal support he secured for a Rutland summer program for students, local programs to reach out to at-risk children, and renovations to the Dodge House, a shelter and resource center for veterans.
Sanders secured $50,800 for Rutland programs designed to reach out to at-risk children including $23,000 to establish a mentoring program at the high school and $27,800 to expand the “Action in the Middle” program which expands learning opportunities available to children in grades 7 through 9. Sanders also discussed $43,000 in federal funds he secured for Rutland City Public School’s new six-week summer program which is scheduled to begin next month.
“Parents and police officers will tell you that the time from after-school to when a kid goes home is frequently a time when kids get into trouble,” Sanders said. “This is especially true when we have an economic situation today which often requires both parents to be working and no adult is at home. I am a great supporter of after-school and mentoring programs and I hope that in the not-too-distant future we will have federal funding available which will enable every school in the country to provide them.”
The “Action in the Middle” program will integrate experiences in the arts, wellness, career choices and community service opportunities. These opportunities will expand upon the small, very successful, week-long camps the Stafford Tech Center has been running in Rutland for three years. The project will continue to offer academic tutoring in literacy and math for students who are significantly below the standard for their grade level.
The senator also announced $30,000 in Housing and Urban Development funding for the Dodge House in Rutland to help repair the facility’s foundation this summer. The Dodge House provides shelter and other resources to local veterans.
"I have believed for a long time that the United States government must keep the promises that it made to its veterans,” said Sanders, a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. “What we must understand, now and forever, is that taking care of veterans is a cost of war - and that it must be built into the financial equation of any war and any military budget.”
Participating in Friday’s press conference at the Rutland High School along with the senator were Rob Bliss, assistant superintendent of Rutland City Public Schools, and Christina Morgan of the Dodge House.