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Detroit To Roll Out 9 After-School Centers

Grade school and middle school students in Detroit will have access to nine after-school centers throughout the city following an agreement Monday between the Detroit Recreation Department and Detroit Public Schools Community District.

Detroit youth ages 6-13 — public, charter or private school students — can sign up for the free program starting Monday. It will continue 3-6 p.m. every school day through the school year.

At least one center will operate in each of the city's seven city council districts. They will offer activities for kids, including homework help, chess, board games and athletics.

The program is an extension of the city's Summer Fun Centers opened at 16 schools in the district over the summer.

Cost of the new program is about $400,000, which will go toward recreational programming and staffing. The city of Detroit is funding the program and the recreation department will run it.

"(Detroit Public Schools Community District) gave the city financial credit toward the cost of using their space in an amount equal to various payments it owed the city," John Roach, director of media relations for the city, said via email. "This arrangement was agreed upon in lieu of direct payment by the city for the use of the space in each of these schools."

Parents must register their kids for the program online. Students must find their own transportation to the centers.

The program will be available at the following schools:

J R King School, 15850 Strathmoor St., in District 1
Samuel Gompers Elementary-Middle School, 14450 Burt Road, in District 1
Pasteur Elementary School, 19811 Stoepel St., in District 2
Mason Elementary-Middle School, 19955 Fenelon St., in District 3
Wayne Elementary School, 10633 Courville St., in District 4
Thirkell Elementary School, 7724 14th St., in District 5
Priest Elementary-Middle School, 7840 Wagner Avenue, in District 6
Mackenzie Elementary-Middle School, 10147 W. Chicago St., in District 7
Gardner Elementary School, 6528 Mansfield St., in District 7