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Higley Kids Club leaders earn ASPIRE grants

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Aspire Kids Club Grant

Kids Club site leaders at two Higley Unified School District campuses have been selected to take part in the University of Arizona ASPIRE program.

The ASPIRE program was designed to provide continued leadership development to adults passionate about the work they do with after-school programs, according to the university website.

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Higley Unified School District Kids Club site leaders Michelle Napierkowski of Higley Traditional Academy and Nicole Cervantes of Centennial Elementary School have been selected to take part in the University of Arizona ASPIRE program. Photo by Carlos Espinoza/Higley Unified School District

The grant will provide training and support over the next two years to Kids Club leaders Nicole Cervantes at Centennial Elementary School and Michelle Napierkowski at Higley Traditional Academy. Training with a master coach will include after-school program analysis and staff development.

“It’s a growth tools to assist in areas they can develop while working with the youth to provide more quality services to students,” said Higley Kids Club Supervisor Jennifer Kaiser.

“We’re really excited,” said Higley Community Education Department Director Karen Hearn. “These two outstanding Kids Club sites will learn skills they can then pass on to all 10 of our Kids Club site staff members.”

Higley Unified School District’s Kids Club provides an affordable program where children feel safe, nurtured and challenged.

Kids Club operates before- and after-school at all eight of our elementary schools, as well as Cooley and Sossaman Early Childhood Development Centers.