GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Riverside Educational Center (REC), a nonprofit agency providing
after-school tutoring and enrichment activities to qualifying students at 10 local schools are
excited to announce the opening of an 11th after-school site at Clifton Elementary School.
The expansion is possible thanks to funding from the 2020 CARES Act designated to support
education for children impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“REC had plans in place to expand programming beginning in the fall of 2021,” explains REC
Executive Director Joy Hudak. “The CARES funding allows us to jump start these expansion
plans and begin serving students at Clifton Elementary School immediately after Spring Break.”
The emergency funding was especially important as the pandemic forced REC to put some
planned expansions for 2020-2021 on hold.
In addition to creating a new after-school tutoring and enrichment program for students at
Clifton Elementary, CARES funding also allowed REC to increase the number of students
served in existing after-school programs at Fruitvale Elementary School and Grand Mesa
The expansions will bring the number of students served by REC from 440 to over 520 in
“We know that REC’s after school programs make a huge difference in kids’ lives,” shares
Program Director Jack Curry. “The benefits we see include increased interest in school,
improved grades and academic performance, growing confidence, a feeling of belonging to a
nurturing community, and a safe place to be with friends and caring adults during the critical
Enrollment for qualifying students at Clifton Elementary School will begin on March 1, 2021.
Enrollment forms are available on the REC website, rec4kids.com.