On January 27, the Arlington County Board approved the lease of over 8,000 square feet on the third floor of the Arlington Mill Community Center for Aspire! After-School Learning. Aspire! has been operating out of Arlington Mill since 2015, providing after-school programming for students in grades 3-5. A Request for Expression of Interest (RFEI) was released in 2015, inquiring for adapted uses of the vacant third floor at the Arlington Mill. Fourteen proposals were received, and after review, Aspire! was deemed the successful respondent.
Aspire! After-School Learning has long held a relationship with the Department of Parks and Recreation. During the construction of the new Arlington Mill Community Center, the then-Greenbrier Learning Center absorbed some of Park and Recreation’s after-school programming to allow for continuity of services to the youth of Arlington.
Aspire’s flagship program Learning Rocks! supports upper elementary general academic achievement, and social and emotional development, helping students to foster both their reading skills and their love of reading. The new third floor space at Arlington Mill should open next year and will allow for Aspire to host both their after-school programming and summer camp programs exclusively at Arlington Mill.