AFL gives $5,000 to Boys & Girls Club

Participants accept a check from AFL on behalf of the Boys & Girls Club of the Upstate. (Photo/Provided)

AFL’s community outreach program stepped in to help bolster science, technology, engineering, arts and math learning opportunities offered by the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Upstate with a $5,000 grant.

“Our STEAM program exists to improve poor academic performance of students in math and science,” Greg Tolbert, president of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Upstate, said in the release. “With a focused effort on science, technology, engineering, arts and math, our kids experience projects that are engaging and spark curiosity. It is our hope that this translates to continued STEAM interest throughout high school, into college and as they enter the workplace.”

Students enrolled in the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Upstate are in grades 1-5 and regularly attend clubs located in six high poverty Spartanburg County elementary schools, according to the release.

The AFL grant will provide the clubs’ most popular programs, the junior Lego robotics team and the photography club, with laptops and digital cameras. The grant will also finance a contracted specialist in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

AFL’s Community Outreach Program, headquartered in Spartanburg, includes grants, sponsorships, volunteer and environment initiatives, disaster relief, scholarships and more, according to a release.

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