THE ONE PLANET AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM
As a Vermont afterschool program, One Planet was proud to learn that Vermont was recently ranked 4th in the nation for afterschool programming! The America After 3PM report, based on a comprehensive survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance, highlights the progress Vermont has made over the past decade in providing quality afterschool programs. These programs play an essential role in communities throughout Vermont by keeping children and youth safe, inspiring them to learn, and supporting working families between the hours of 3 and 6 p.m. To see the full press release, go here:
Please Note: As we approach our 5th year of the 21CCLC grant cycle, our funding is reduced and we will be facing some financial cuts for the 2018-19 fiscal year. One way we will be addressing this is making slight modifications to our offerings. We have tried to do this thoughtfully, so the changes have the least impact on families. These are the changes we plan to implement: 1. We will start the program after Labor Day (September 4th, 2018). 2. We will end the program on June 7, 2019. 3. We will follow the school calendar September 4, 2018 to June 7, 2019, but will not offer the enrichment activities on the following partial weeks: November 19-20, December 17-21, January 3-4, March 6-8. On these days, we will have free choice and self-directed learning opportunities. We hope these changes will not inconvenience you too much and we don’t foresee any additional cuts to programming.
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: We want ALL families who are interested in One Planet to be able to use this valuable resource. Please know that if the daily fee is too expensive, there are options available. As a first option, families would apply for Child Care Financial Assistance through the Vermont Department of Children and Families. Should a family be denied assistance, partial and full scholarships are available through One Planet. In order to be considered for a One Planet scholarship, a letter of denial is required from DCF. Please see page 3 for more details or download application:
Sharon One Planet Staff: Jackson Howe, Site Director
Jackson Howe was raised in Tunbridge, VT and currently resides in Sharon, VT with his Fiancé Kendra and their 5 year old daughter Natalie Howe. After attending Tunbridge Central School for elementary school and graduating high school from South Royalton High School in 2011, Jackson attended Castleton State College. He enrolled as a Physical Education Major and played two years of Baseball over there before graduating in 2016, as a member of the first class of the new Castleton University, with a B.S in Practice of Physical Education and a minor in Coaching. Through college he worked at Brookhaven Treatment and Learning Center in Chelsea, VT, a residential facility for adolescent boys ages 5-13 with varying emotional and behavioral difficulties. Brookhaven provides a therapeutic environment for those boys where they can receive the care that they need, and deserve to help them become contributing members of society. After graduating from Castleton University he took a job working in the Special Education Department at Braintree Elementary School in rural Vermont where he worked for two years in that District with students with behavioral difficulties. He then took a long-term substitute position as the Behavioral Specialist at Randolph Elementary School before finishing up student teaching and accepting a job at Sharon Elementary School as the K-6 Physical Education Teacher as well as the Site Coordinator of the One Planet Afterschool Program. He coached a few years of middle school athletics and up to the varsity level at South Royalton High School before taking a break from coaching to focus more on work and family time. He enjoys hunting, the outdoors and playing softball in his spare time other than being with family.