After School Club Challenge Grant

O.W. Holmes Middle School PTA
2017-2018 After School Program Grant Challenge


Holmes MS PTA, along with the Virginia PTA, strongly supports after school programming. The PTA’s priority is to promote a robust after school program that provides academic enrichment and a safe environment for our students.The program should provide diverse offerings of interest to and open to participation by all Holmes students.

Research shows that participation in after-school programs leads to:

  • Increased classroom participation, homework completion and academic performance
  • Improved student behavior
  • Better student/adult relationships, peer relations, and emotional adjustment
  • Improved school attendance
  • More positive attitudes towards school
  • Reduced high-risk behavior
  • Increased participation in healthy recreational activities
  • Increased school, family, and community partnerships

An FCPS employee must serve as the official sponsor of programs; oftentimes parents play a significant supporting role. To encourage faculty and staff to sponsor after school programs, the PTA has established the Holmes MS PTA After School Program Challenge Grant.

Purpose: To provide funds to implement or expand high-quality after school programs that offer students academic/educational enrichment and recreational activities that are designed to reinforce and complement the academic program at Holmes Middle School.

Background: The Holmes Middle School PTA through the “Hawks Fly High” direct donation campaign and a variety of fundraisers  significantly increased its annual budget.  As stated in our Goals/Objectives, a primary purpose of this fundraising is to provide grants to implement new and sustain popular after school programming. Holmes MS PTA has budgeted up to $3,500 in total grant funds. The award dates are intended to foster new programming each quarter and to ensure a robust program is in place at the start of each school year.

Application Process:

Complete the After School Challenge Grant online application:
Email supporting documentation to
Applications should be submitted as far in advance as possible to ensure that funding has not been depleted.

Award Dates: (no later than)

October 15 (for second quarter programming)
January 15 (for third quarter programming)
March 15 (for fourth quarter programming)
June 13 (for 1st quarter and/or year-long programming in the next school year)


Current Holmes MS After School Program Offerings

After School Alliance

Student Form to Suggest Club Ideas (coming soon)

Suggested Clubs:

Science OlympiadOdyssey of the MindModel UNWe the People – Teen Cuisine – Heart & Sole (Girls on the Run)

Movie Time – Computer Games – Star Wars Club – Dr. Who Club – Spelling Bee

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