Washington State University Tri-Cities and the Pasco School District will receive $400,000 a year for five years from a federal grant to create before- and after-school programs.
The university was one of 10 finalists to receive part of the grant, said a release from the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
The programs will be established at Pasco's three middle schools, McLoughlin, Stevens and Ellen Ochoa.
The programs, called 21st Century Community Learning Centers, are meant to help students in high-needs neighborhoods and provide academic and creative enrichment opportunities.
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"It will give them a place to go to get help so they don't fall behind in school," said state Superintendent Randy Dorn in the release.