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After School Program Celebrates Year End with Family Night

The Middle School of Plainville's After School Program wrapped up the 2006-2007 school year with Family Night festivities held May 24th. Students from the Circus, Fencing, and Dance Revolution classes performed for an audience of parents, staff, and fellow students. In addition, the Cooking class provided parents and students with an opportunity to "decorate their own cupcakes" after the show. "It was certainly a great evening. Our students embraced the opportunity to perform in front of others to showcase what they have learned throughout the year," said Program Coordinator Lindsey Matteo. Dozens of parents attended the event.

Much of the success of the After School Program this year can be credited to dedicated staff members. Teachers, para-professionals, tutors, high school students, volunteers, and community members came together to make up the diverse teaching staff. "Each staff person brings unique strengths and talents to the program. This variety provides a comprehensive network of adults for students to work with and relate to," said Matteo. "Staff members share a wide variety of interests and passions with students. We have circus performers, national fencers, cooks, artists, athletes, dancers, actors, musicians, crafters, and computer technicians. They each bring amazing talent to the program, they care about the students, and never stop generating ideas to motivate and inspire them. This year would not be a success without the dedication and effort of our staff members, they are an asset to this program."

The After School Program expanded from two days to four days a week in January. Over 150 students have been enrolled in the program this year, due in part to the flexibility that the expanded schedule allows. "We've had tremendous success since moving to four days a week. Students and parents have more activities to choose from, and there is additional flexibility with families being able to pick the days they participate," noted Matteo.

"We are fortunate to have the opportunity to offer these after school programs for our students. The community and state have been very generous in providing funding to support the program," commented Superintendent Kathleen Binkowski. The After School Program, which received $75,000 in state grants this year, provides a safe place for students to learn and grow after school.

-Posted on June 15, 2007 at 09:31 AM

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