A $2,500 grant will allow a York City charter school to enhance its after-school clubs program.

Staff members at Lincoln Charter School volunteer their time after school to host 14 clubs, which include cheerleading, sports, technology, drill team, Zumba, Latino culture and homework.

About 550 students participate in the clubs -- 100 in cheerleading alone, said Anne Clark, community outreach specialist for Lincoln and Helen Thackston charter schools.

Parents do not pay for their children to participate, Clark said.

That's important, she said, because almost all of the school's students quality for free or reduced-priced lunch.

What it buys: The Highmark Foundation's donation will help the school buy uniforms and materials to support the clubs, she said.

Clark said the grant came as a result of collaboration with community groups and individuals to combat childhood obesity through programs like the Hope Street Garden and Learning Lab, an outdoor classroom pioneered by Lincoln but shared by city schools where students learn about gardening, plants and nature.

"Everybody is working on childhood obesity and just wellness for all of York," Clark said.

Highmark also recognized Lincoln for its work to combat childhood obesity at a conference in Pittsburgh last week, she said.

-- Reach Erin James at ejames@yorkdispatch.com.