Boys and Girls Club Homework Help Program

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Boys and Girls Club of the Berkshires will introduce Power Hour a homework help program. 
 
This academic success program is specifically designed to assist Boys & Girls Club Members in grades 3rd to 12th with their academic studies, providing them with homework help, tutoring and fostering self-directed learning.
 
Power Hour offers Boys and Girls Club Members a dedicated time and space to complete their homework
assignments and receive academic support in a structured and supportive environment. The program is available from 3:00pm to 5:30pm, Monday through Thursday, allowing students to make the most of their after-school hours.
 
Recognizing the importance of academic success, the Boys and Girls Club of the Berkshires has a dedicated
volunteer who will tutor and mentor Members through challenging subjects and provide individualized support.
 
The Power Hour program not only aims to improve academic performance but also instill a sense of responsibility and discipline in Club Members. By providing a supportive space for completing homework the Boys and Girls Club of the Berkshires is committee to empowering young individuals to reach their full potential.
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West Side Residents Build Ideal Neighborhood At Zoning Session

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

Program manager James McGrath opens the session at Conte Community School.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Residents mapped out a West Side they would like to see during an input session this week, utilizing multi-use properties to create robust density.

Held at Conte Community School on Monday, this was the second meeting of a project to examine zoning in the neighborhood. The Department of Community Development, in partnership with Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity, has been working with an urban planning and design consulting team on the effort that will conclude on June 30.

"This is a really important project for your neighborhood," Park, Open Space, and Natural Resource Program Manager James McGrath said.

Multifamily houses with spaces to accommodate a small business were popular. A community center, church, year-round farmer's market, and even a place to draw in commerce appeared as elements on the tabletop street.

An emphasis was also placed on the amount of immigrants coming to the area in need of housing.

Max Douhoure, community outreach coordinator for Habitat, explained that he grew up in Africa where people liked to live together, which his build reflected.

"I wanted to improve their conditions," he said. "That’s what I did."

During the first meeting in November, the team heard desires for businesses and commercial uses — including a need for small, family-owned business support. The session provided an overview of what zoning is, what zoning can and can't do, how zoning can improve the community, and the impact on residents.

"Today's exercise is really about creating spaces in buildings and on properties to do a combination of residential [uses] that meet the needs and commercial uses that meet the needs of the neighborhood,"  Emily Keys Innes, principal of Innes Associates explained.

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