From Mayor Finch:
Mayor Bill Finch today announced that the City’s Lighthouse Summer Program at Luis Muñoz Marin School will be extended through August 10. The Mayor, Police Chief Gaudett and Superintendent Vallas made the decision to extend the program in response to the recent spate of violence on the City’s East Side.
“Providing our children with a safe environment to participate in activities throughout the summer is a top priority for the City of Bridgeport,” said Mayor Finch. “We plan to extend activities here for a minimum of one additional week, and we will assess the situation at the end of next week to determine whether the program will be extended further.”
Parents were notified of the extension on Friday. The program costs approximately $9,000 per week to run. Lighthouse Summer program features tutoring in math and reading, followed by activities and exercise programs in the afternoon.
“We believe it is crucial that we as a school district continue to do everything we can to keep our students safe and engaged. We believe extending the Lighthouse Program at Marín School is a crucial step towards providing our students with the safe and productive haven they need during this challenging time,” said Superintendent of Schools, Paul Vallas.
Children attend from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Breakfast and lunch, which is provided through the Board of Education Nutrition Center, will continue during the extended program. Fees are assessed on a sliding scale, and parents can make payment arrangements through the Lighthouse Program office. Approximately 155 children per day participate in the Lighthouse Summer Program at Marin School.