After School Program Thrives at the Middle School of Plainville
Despite challenging economic times, the After School Program at the Middle School of Plainville has seen a significant increase in enrollment. "Enrollment is up about 20% this session and we couldn't be happier," Program Coordinator Kelli Wallace reported. "It is great to see an increase in enrollment. The reduced tuition rates for families that qualify through the free and reduced lunch program allow a greater number of students to attend the program."
The After School Program, established in 2004, offers five, five-week sessions per school year. The program is available to students in grades five through eight and runs from 2:45PM until 5:15 PM, Monday through Friday. For a small additional fee, parents can opt for a later pick up time of either 5:45PM or 6:15PM. Session four began on Tuesday, March 3rd and will run through Thursday, April 2nd.
Students enrolled in the program receive a healthy snack, homework assistance, academic support in the form of a "Learning Lab" and an Enrichment experience such as arts and crafts, sports, cooking, RockBand, hip hop dance, digital photography, Bookworms Club, guitar lessons, and many more.
"We know that some learners need a longer school day in order to enhance academic skills, be supervised, or to increase their engagement in the school community. The After School Program is a wonderful way to meet these goals, and it is gratifying to see so many of our students taking advantage of this valuable program," commented Assistant Superintendent David Telesca.
The program is supported by grants from the State Department of Education and the Department of Social Services, together with local donations from Gnazzo's Food Center, Farmington Savings Bank and The United Way of West Central Connecticut. The success of the program this year has left families and students hopeful that the program will continue to grow in the future.
For additional information about the After School Program at the Middle School of Plainville, contact Kelli Wallace, Program Coordinator, at (860) 793-3250 ext. 1608.
-Posted on March 23, 2009 at 02:49 PM
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