PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Eight after-school programs have been awarded grants to provide educational opportunities for students.

The South Dakota Department of Education grants range from $50,000 to $150,000 per year. The grants are funded for five years based on annual reviews. The money goes to support tutoring, homework help, music, arts, sports and other after-school activities.

The programs receiving funding this year are Sioux Falls Volunteers of America, Belle Fourche School District, Boys and Girls Club of Watertown, Dupree School District and Huron School District.

Also receiving grant money are the McIntosh School District, Mitchell School District and the Stanley County School District.

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