Quest for Success program starts Monday

STEUBENVILLE — The Quest for Success program is gearing up for another year, according to officials.

Program Manager Mark Masloski said registration is under way and morning and afternoon sessions kick off Monday in Steubenville.

The program serves Jefferson County pupils in grades fifth through eighth who attend Buckeye Local, Edison, Indian Creek, Steubenville, Toronto, Bishop John Mussio and Jefferson County Christian schools and works to bolster math and literacy skills as well as social development, according to officials.

Program officials will have a booth during the First Friday on Fourth event this week to spread the word, but Masloski said enrollment applications were sent home and must be completed and returned to the pupil’s school secretary. They will be accepted throughout October.

“Our local schools have participated, and we had 109 fifth- through eighth-graders last year,” he said.

Quest for Success is provided through the Jefferson County Educational Service Center and includes partnerships with Brightway Center, Coleman Professional Services and Franciscan University of Steubenville, while the goal is to increase opportunities for pupils to have success in literacy, mathematics, social development, family support and community involvement.

Weekday events are held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays at the McKinley Building, 140 W. Adams St., with transportation provided by the Jefferson County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Morning sessions are available from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and more activities are scheduled for one Saturday per month at the Steubenville location and Brightway Center in Smithfield.

The program uses Renaissance and North West Evaluation Association academic programs and conducts activities with its community partners during afterschool sessions. Coleman Professional Services will provide counselors to support pupils’ social development; Brightway Center will offer programming aimed at promoting positive relationships and decision-making; Franciscan University Education Department will serve as partners to host family literacy events; and the JCESC will provide programs to promote college and career readiness skills.

Masloski said a morning session includes breakfast, homework help and literacy and math intervention, while the after-school programs start at 2 p.m. with a stretch and snack, followed by a Quest activity related to social development, literacy and mathematics intervention and daily programming.

Programming sessions include a book club with the Franciscan University Department of Education and “Daily and Life Skills” with Amy Mihalyo each Monday; basketball clinic with Coach Raymond Saccoccia and Character Counts with Coleman Professional Services, Tuesdays; career and college readiness by Reekdoe Education Services and “Daily and Life Skills” again with Mihalyo, Wednesdays; and fine arts club with Quest staff and a basketball clinic with Saccoccia, Thursdays.

Saturday programs also are slated for each month and include a Halloween movie from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 27 at the Steubenville site; Thanksgiving family seminar, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 17, Steubenville; visit to the Nutcracker Village for pupils and parents from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 15; movie at Brightway Center, noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 26; family seminar, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 9, McKinley Building; paint-and-sip event, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. March 16, Steubenville; game day, noon to 3 p.m. April 27, Brightway; and “Make It, Take It” Mother’s Day-themed activity from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. May 11, Steubenville.

Quest for Success is made possible through a five-year, $850,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Education. The grant provides $200,000 annually for the first three years, followed by $150,000 during year four and $100,000 the final year.

Anyone interested may also reach district points of contact by e-mail including Masloski, who is representing Buckeye Local, at mmasloski@jcesc.org; Samanda Pepperling, Edison, samanda.pepperling@edisonwildcats.org; Holly Minch-Hick, Indian Creek, holly.minchhick@iclsd.org; Deanna Beall, Steubenville, dbeall@scsohio.org; and Lynda Glenn, Toronto, lynda.glenn@torontocityschools.com.

For information about events, contact Masloski at JCESC (740) 283-3347, extension 134, or community coordinator Martariesa Fiala at extension 100, or visit the website at questforsuccesssteubenville.weebly.com.

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