After successfully raising $1 million of funding, Luzerne County is adopting the after-school SHINE program, targeting students in kindergarten through eight grade who are considered to be “at risk.” In accordance with the new program, which has initially launched in seven area schools, there’s no need for local school district to contribute anything equipment and facility space.

The seven schools which have been selected for the first phase of the Shine program include:

  • Heights Murray Elementary School in Wilkes-Barre
  • State Street Elementary School in Larksville
  • Maple Manor Elementary School in Hazle Township
  • Greater Nanticoke Elementary School in Nanticoke
  • Hazleton Area Career and Technical School for Hazleton Area Middle School students
  • West Side Career and Technology Center for Wyoming Valley West Middle School students
  • Wilkes-Barre Area Career and Technical Center for Wyoming Valley Middle School students

The curriculum of the Shine program is project-based STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.

Bill Rinaldi, President and CEO of Mark Construction Services, Inc. and founder of Hazleton Creek Properties LLC, believes that Luzerne County will greatly benefit from the educational and developmental opportunities that the Shine program has to offer. Rinaldi recently commented:

“The development of our area’s youth and strengthening the educational resources available to our community is the key to creating opportunities for our children. Luzerne County is fortunate that the Shine program is now available for selected schools and I look forward to supporting its expansion and integration into additional educational centers.”

To find out more information about the program or the recent $400 federal grant secured for the next three years, click here.