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      DCSS and YMCA receive grant to expand after school program

      The Albany Area YMCA is getting more grant money to fund its 21st Century Community Learning Center Initiative.

      The Y applied for the grant along with the Dougherty County School System. Superintendent David Mosely joined the Y director Friday morning to sign the second 21st Century Partnership Grant.

      Last year, 297 students benefited from a grant at Live Oak and Alice Coachman elementary schools. They hope to reach more this year in the after school program.

      Mosely is also hoping to soon partner with the Y to give swimming lessons to students because he says the number of drownings in the county is too high.

      "We would very much like to get into our elementary schools and get them out here for swimming lessons in the spring," Mosely said. "We can teach them to swim but again, it would be not only a great humanistic thing for children but it could save lives."

      The new grant will provide $350,000 each year for five years to keep the program going.