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New facility for Simpson Street Free Press

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MADISON (WKOW) -- An after school academic program is expanding in Madison.

The Simpson Street Free Press unveiled its new and expanded facility in South Towne Mall.

The newspaper teaches students reading, writing and research skills through journalism.

The paper's managing editor, Deidre Green, says their program can help bridge the achievement gap in Madison.

"That's an issue that we feel like is a strong one and it's an issue that Madison is really struggling with right now. So we're going to take the initiative ourselves, the Simpson Street Free Press, to give these students those academics, those core academics that they need after the classroom is closed for the day."

The Free Press doubled the size of its facility, and now it wants to double the number of students in the program.

Right now, about 100 kids take part.

By the end of the year, officials hope to have 200 kids in the program.

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