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News 4 Investigates: Beloved after-school program officially shut down

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Parents at Busch School, a St. Louis public school, are outraged, yet again. They have learned that a beloved after-school program for their kids will not continue.

News 4 learned on Wednesday that the program, Urban Future, would be temporarily suspended. Now, it appears there isn’t a future for it at all, at least at Busch School.

At a meeting at the program’s headquarters on Friday afternoon, parents of middle schoolers at Busch School were told that the program will not continue.

That is a big change from just days ago when CEO Fran Van Bree told News 4 he wanted to have the program up and running again at the end of spring break.

The program is a unique and beloved program benefiting hundreds of kids. It was even featured in News 4's "Imagine a Better St. Louis" campaign. Parents say it's had a huge impact on their kids.

But on Monday parents learned the program was suddenly on hiatus; two dozen employees were terminated and the non-profit's board of directors had resigned.

The program is privately funded and Van Bree says their largest donor abruptly backed out, giving no choice but to suspend their activities.

Now though, he says the program will not be coming back to Busch. The future of the other two schools that the program is at is also up in the air.

And that has parents feeling downright demoralized.

"We are hurting for our children and we trusted to send our kids to you we trusted you,” Dorthy Whitehead, a parent, said.

Van Bree said it was the district who asked them not to go back to Busch. But the district told News 4 they only want reassurance that the kids won't be disappointed again.

Some of the students, so upset over the loss of this program, had to talk to the school's counselor.

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