Students from five Frederick County public middle schools will be eligible for a newly launched YMCA after-school program. 

A grant will provide funding to the YMCA of Frederick County to support daily activities that will include sports and recreation, tutoring services, arts, college and career readiness training, and community service. The program is aptly named S.T.A.R.S. for the aspects of the daily activities. 

The partnership also includes the Frederick County government and Office for Children and Families.

Students from Thurmont, West Frederick, Crestwood, Gov. Thomas Johnson and Monocacy middle schools are eligible to participate in the program, which will be held at three different locations. 

The YMCA hopes to have at least 30 students at each location participate in the program. The YMCA plans to transport Crestwood and Monocacy students off-site. 

Registration for the program begins Monday at 8 a.m. at the YMCA at 1000 N. Market St. The program will begin on Sept. 18, starting from school dismissal until 6:30 p.m. and it will operate Monday through Friday.

For more information on the program description, daily activities, and how to register, contact Julie Marker at or call 301-663-5131.

— Allen Etzler

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