Stratford Public Schools received great news just a few weeks ago that it would one of the few districts in the state approved for an OK-21st Century Community Learning Center grant.

What that means is the Stratford district can this year offer students, teachers, staff, parents and the community an after-school program.

Leading the way is SAFE, which is Stratford After-school Family Education.

It's meant to provide a safe place for children to “learn, make friends, have fun and build skills to last a lifetime.”

“The program will consist of a place to experience fun and education together in an effective way,” school officials say.

SAFE’s first event was held back on Oct. 15 in a community library as participants got signed up for the new program.

The after school activities are expected to get started this week and be offered from 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays

“Come get involved and learn more how to support your children, school and community. We are expecting to have family nights at the library on Wednesdays and summer field trips in the month of June.”

For more info contact Cathy Blackburn at and or go to the office located in the elementary school room 14B.

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