After having its budget slashed, an after-school program at B.F. Yancey Elementary School is losing members. Not because students don't need it, but because it's costing parents too much money.
A few dozen cars are expected to gather at Cutright's Lake in North Garden for a car show on Saturday, all in an effort to lift the hood on budget problems surrounding Club Yancey.
The after-school program started in 2005 as a way to provide at-risk youth homework help and a safe place to go after school. Now, it's running low on fuel. What was once a completely grant-funded program now has to charge fees and rely on donations.
"The parents are picking up the bill now, $100 a month per child," said Club Yancey Program Director Kimberly McLaughlin."It's straining our families, and also they have to sometimes choose between children to allow into the program because they can't afford to pay for both of them."
The man behind the fundraiser is hoping old cars will bring in some new cash for the club. William Anderson's daughter is in Club Yancey. His son, who was also a member of Club Yancey, is now an honors student in high school.
"They really care about the kids. It's a really big family thing," said Anderson. "I go pick them up and I know all the teacher aides there at Club Yancey."
McLaughlin said the club offers services the students would otherwise not have.
"We're in the southernmost end of Albemarle County, and we don't have any resources out there for our children," said McLaughlin. "Club Yancey acts as that bridge to bring in these resources so our children have them."
McLaughlin said, when the program started, Yancey Elementary was one of the lowest-performing elementary schools in Albemarle County. She said it's now competing with the top three.
The car show is free to attend. They will have raffles, food and music. Anyone can register a vehicle to show for $20.
Inaugural Club Yancey Car Show
Saturday, October 20, 2012
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cutright's Lake in North Garden
Intersection of Route 29 and Red Hill School Road
Free to attend
$20 to register show car, truck, jeep or motorcycle
All proceeds benefit Club Yancey
William DeVaughn Anderson - 434-286-4404 or 434-249-6765
Kimberly McLaughlin - 434-974-8062 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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