EdGE after-school programs include an opportunity for each student to choose from a variety of experiential, creative, and thought-provoking activities.
Each program also includes a snack and homework help and tutoring with certified teachers. Any given afternoon may find students biking on a nature trail, experimenting with pasta sauces, programming robots, or sculpting with papier mache. Staff includes teachers, outdoor specialists, artists, and college and high school students.
EdGE offers after-school programs in six elementary schools in Washington County—Milbridge, Cherryfield, Harrington, Addison, Jonesport-Beals, and Machias. In Milbridge and Machias, the EdGE program is offered four afternoons each week; there are two afternoon sessions each week in the other schools. Each session lasts two hours. The Milbridge program starts with pre-K children and runs through 6th grade. Other schools begin with 2nd graders. EdGE also collaborates with RSU 24 in Gouldsboro and Steuben to provide enrichment programming in their after-school program.
EdGE programs are open to all students in the towns served by these schools, including homeschoolers. There is no fee for afterschool programs, and busing is provided.