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Rivesville After School Program Prepares For 'Character Week'

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An after-school program at Rivesville Elementary-Middle School is improving students' academic performances and enriching their lives.

More than 40 students participate in the after school program Project ISSAC.

All of the students have very different reasons for liking it.

ISSAC stands for Increasing Student Achievement Advancing Communities. 

It is funded and staffed by RESA XII, the West Virginia Department of Education, and the 21st Century Community Learning grant.

"The main thing about Project ISSAC is to provide homework help, reading, math tutoring," said Site Coordinator Virginia Dobreff. "In our sight, character development and enrichment at all of the Project ISSAC sites. They have exposure to the arts, they have exposure to a variety of businesses in the community involvement."

I was recently invited to Rivesville to talk to the students about my job as a reporter and to get them excited about their upcoming project.

"We are doing a public service announcement on building character in schools," Dobreff said. "They are pretty excited about that."

The Public Service Announcement will focus on why character counts. It will discuss how having character in schools can help prevent bullying and make school a more enjoyable place to be.

"Sometimes I'll see ten or more people bullying every time," said third grade student Mykiella Stevens.

Students attend Project ISSAC three times a week after school for about an hour and a half.

The staff said the extra work is well worth it.

"The staff is extremely dedicated," Dobreff said. "They go above and beyond their normal times. They do so because they feel it is very important to work with the students here."

Next week will be "Character Counts Week" at Project ISSAC and students will begin creating their PSA.

This is the last year funding is available for the project and staff will begin reapplying for grants soon.

For more information on Project ISSAC, visit the RESA XII website.