Iowa City Community School District serves more than 14,000 students across 30 schools

Biggest challenge:

While it’s known that participating in extracurricular activities benefits students’ academic, social, and emotional development, there are obstacles that prevent participation in—and even discovery of—extracurriculars, especially for low-income and minority students.

There are many after-school and summer programs available for students in the Iowa City area, but hurdles such as cost, awareness, language/cultural barriers and transportation were interfering with participation. Students were missing out on the enriching diversity of ideas and social interaction that come with those opportunities.


To assist low-income students, we established a...

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  • About the Author:

    Stephen Murley is Superintendent of Schools in the Iowa City Community School District.