DEBERT – The future of an after-school children’s program in Debert is in jeopardy.
Debert Baptist Church has been providing the program, which benefits up to 50 children from Debert Elementary School.
However, the church can no longer afford to offer the program by itself, said Pastor Bill Martin in an email to the Truro Daily News. He added it costs at least $20,000 a year to provide crafts, food, activities, heating, lighting and related children’s services.
Martin said the community needs to help the initiative or it will no longer exist.
“As people of faith, we saw a need and responded as we are called to do. However … we knew we could not do it alone,” said Martin in the email.
During a recent community meeting, about 40 people
gathered, including people whose children use the program and local politicians.
Karen Casey, the MLA for Colchester North, and Colchester County Coun. Doug MacInnes offered to canvass area businesses, asking for financial support. In addition, a number of community residents will encourage others to help.
A report is expected on Friday indicating whether the program will live or die.
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