St. George offers more after-school programs for kids – St George News

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ST. GEORGE – The City of St. George’s Department of Recreation Services received the School-Age Quality Grant from the Department of Workforce Services, which provides funds to expand after-school programs to three more schools Elementaries of Title I within the city limits of St. George.

Student student, undated | Photo by Maksim Chernysev / Scopio, St. George News

Currently, three St. George Elementary Schools, including Heritage, Sunset and Sandstone Elementary Schools, have reaped the benefits of the after-school program. This fall, students from Coral Cliffs, Paradise Canyon and Legacy will be included as part of the growing after-school programs offered by the Town of St. George.

“The children of St. George are important to us. We recognize the need for additional after-school programs, ”said Dawn Eide-Albrecht, Recreation Supervisor in the City of St. George’s Recreation Services Department. “It was brought to our attention that the Department of Workforce Services issued additional funding opportunities, so we took the initiative and applied”,

In conjunction with the Washington County School District, the St. George Recreation Services Department established the After School Program to provide students with the opportunity to improve their academic progress, strengthen their social skills and self-esteem, while providing a means that can inspire students to pursue new interests in a safe and caring environment. The program strives to help improve daily school attendance, develop positive peer relationships, and reduce risky behavior. Each location will host a 32 week student program.

The city’s youth program staff aren’t the only ones who believe in the benefits of the program. Heads of participating schools support offering more to their students.

“The program allows students to complete their homework before heading home, which is very helpful,” said Amy Wilcox, Principal of Heritage Elementary. “The part of the program that touches me the most are the young adults who work with the students. All Students Need Excellent Adult Role Models and those who work in our program have been great for our children.

“This benefits families whose parents are working and need child care,” said Julie Smith, principal of Sunset Elementary. “Many of our students can receive help with their homework, participate in scheduled activities and be supervised for hours after school. Students also have the opportunity to form friendships with other program participants and to have the influence of additional caring adults in their lives.

Those interested in enrolling in the after-school program can contact their school’s administrative office for more information.

Eide-Albrecht showed enthusiasm for the program. “It’s a big step towards a long-term vision of where, along with my youth program staff, I see the after-school program grow into a larger partnership with the Washington County School District. We started this stream of youth programs in 2013 with the ability to fund just one school, so being able to support programs in six schools in 2021 is amazing.

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