Franklin Community Center will expand its Project Lift program to include Division Street and Lake Avenue elementary schools.
It is now operating in all six of the Saratoga Springs City School District elementary schools.
Project Lift is a free after-school prevention program operated by Franklin Community Center that offers a safe, caring and structured environment for youth in grades 1-5. Center officials said its approach heightens children’s social and emotional competence, improves decision-making skills, offers lessons on the prevention of tobacco, drugs, alcohol and bullying, boosts self-esteem and helps strengthen the bond between child, family, school and community.
Families also receive other ancillary services offered by Franklin Community Center, such as holiday assistance, summer camp scholarships, basic necessities and guidance. Project Lift has been serving the Saratoga Springs community and local families in need for over 30 years.
In that time, countless youth in the Saratoga Springs City School District have been involved with this program, touching the lives of not just the children, but their families and neighbors as well.
In order to build awareness and raise essential funds for Project Lift, Franklin Community Center hosted on Oct. 13 its annual Project Lift University, a benefit that included food from Longfellows, live music by Rich Ortiz, tarot card reading, a silent auction and a live mission-based auction. It was presented by Informz and held at Longfellows.
For more information on the center, visit www.franklincommunitycenter.org or call 587-9826.