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Rogue River after-school program closes

The Rogue Outreach Center, known as the ROC, closed its doors May 26 after serving students in the Rogue River School District for the last decade.

After losing its lease at 211 Pine St., the ROC was unable to find a new location near the school within its budget.

For 10 years, the ROC had served as a youth drop-in center for middle school students and a safe place for youngsters to hang out. It was open after school until 5 p.m.

The ROC also hosted special events such as dances and movie nights and coordinated field trips.

When the middle school closed and the school district realigned its campuses, the ROC transitioned into an after-school enrichment program for students in the fourth through sixth grades.

An administrator was hired and the center averaged enrollment of 20 students each year. The students paid a small amount to attend or were funded by scholarship.

Students were required to stay until pickup by parents and enjoyed free time, homework help, and an enrichment hour, which included topics ranging from cooking to science, dance, arts and crafts, Spanish, martial arts, outdoor education, and numerous field trips.

The ROC was funded by grants, an annual dinner/auction fundraiser, donations and student tuition. It worked closely with the school district and had many community and high school volunteers over the years.

Board president Tina Fredenburg said closing the center was a very hard decision made by the board and was a last resort.

Reach Daily Courier reporter Lisa Whiting at 541-474-3718 or lwhiting@thedailycourier.com.