When Houston School roof collapsed at the end of the 2013-14 school year, rendering the facility unsafe for occupancy and leaving the Boys & Girls Club without a location, many parents were left wondering where their younger children would go after school during the 2014-15 school year.
In the summer, Sulphur Springs Independent School District noted that the district was considering a few options to make an after school program available for district students.
Friday, SSISD announced in a press release that the district will be partnering with the YMCA of Greenville and Hunt County to offer an after-school program for children in kindergarten through sixth grade beginning on the first day of school.
The after-school program will strive to help youth improve school grades and develop social-emotional skills critical for success in classroom and careers, the release noted.
“At the YMCA, we know that the combination of enrichment and extended learning opportunities is essential to increasing children’s engagement and success in school. We are excited to partner with Sulphur Springs ISD to support more kids,” said Laura Rodriguez, child care director of the YMCA of Greenville and Hunt County. “This program will help ensure children in Sulphur Springs receive the additional time and attention they need to fulfill their potential in school.”
The after-school program is set to begin the first day of school. It will start immediately at the end of school and go until 6 p.m. The cost of the program is $30 per week, but the YMCA offers financial assistance for those in need of help.
The program, called “Extra Innings,” is designed to help students with homework and will include elements such as robotics, tutoring, 21st century skills, college and career exploration, service-learning, arts education, leadership development and global learning to help them achieve. Learning is tied directly to school curriculum, the release from SSISD Director of Human Resources and Communications Rusty Harden stated.
YMCA counselors will be available during campus “Meet the Teacher” activities next week to assist parents with registration and to answer any questions they may have about the program. Registration forms will also be available on each campus.
Parents of pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students should see the YMCA counselor at ECLC Aug. 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Third and fourth grade parents can meet with a YMC representative Aug. 21 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Parents of fifth and sixth graders who are 12 years old or younger should see the rep at Douglas Intermediate Aug. 21 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. First and second grader parents see YMCA rep at Travis Primary only Aug. 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., so parents of Bowie and Lamar students interested in the program should plan to stop by Travis for information.
The YMCA is committed to nurturing the potential of every child and teen and is addressing the academic achievement gap through after-school programs, early learning readiness and summer learning loss prevention.
For more information, please contact Laura Rodriguez at 844-THE-YMCA (843-9622), or visit www.greenvilleymca.org.
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