A grant from the 21st Century Program is giving 4 Pasco elementary schools money for the next 5 years to help fund extracurricular activities for their students.

The program aims to "help students with reading and math, improve their behavior in the classroom and increase the literacy levels of parents and their opportunities for educational development", according to reports.

The grant will total 2.5 million and will be split to the schools over five years.

Money from the 21st Century Program last year helped create programs like a bicycle safety program for middle school students, a cooking program in elementary schools, Minecraft design classes, along with help for drama classes and chess clubs.

The new grant will help schools develop after-school programs at Mark Twain, Marie Curie, Captain Grey and Robert Frost elementary schools in Pasco.

The 21st Century Program was created in 1997.

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