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Alternative schools receive grant

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Pasco, WA- Students attending alternative schools in the Tri-Cities will get some help this fall.

So will their parents.

River's Edge High School in Richland, New Horizons High School in Pasco, and Prosser Falls High School will share a two-million dollar state grant to develop after school programs.

The money will hire more tutors to help students improve math, reading, and writing skills.

The program will also offer the students' parents classes, including English as a second language and GED courses.

Director of the Educational Service District Mark Huxen says many parents of alternative school students work long hours, and need help to connect with their teenagers.

"It's a partnership between the kid and their parent," Huxen says, "to try to move students along and help them understand how they're going to use those skills to progress to the next part of their life once they leave school."

The Educational Opportunity Center in Clarkston will also share the grant and develop an after school program.

The grant will also be used to track the students for one year after they leave school to see how they're getting along.