The Lights On After School Celebration was held Oct. 25 to call attention to the importance of after school programs in the United States. At Conklin Elementary School, students and staff spent time sharing what the program offers them and what the staff and leaders really do. Students learned the programs are funded through federal grants. They also learned that funding has to be renewed by Congress to keep the programs going. Students know they are not old enough to vote in elections for funding, but they can have a voice and let others know the important parts of keeping after school programming. Students decorated light bulbs, shared their thoughts and helped with a newsletter to be shared with families and politicians. Students were excited that they could be involved in communicating through a newsletter.
I want to share some of our students' favorites from the 21st CCLC After School Achievement Program:
-Learning new things. – Ashley
-Playing in the gym, coloring, and getting to do other fun activities. – Jo'niya
-Getting rewards and things like food and school supplies so I can draw and color at home. I like that staff listen to the students. – Jameer
-Getting snacks, doing activities, art work, getting to play in the gym and getting rewards for being good. I also like Mrs. Russey's class and having a bus to give me a ride home. – Jae'anna
-I'm excited to do math and science. I'm excited for the field trips and the guests coming to do activities with us, and getting to do these with my friends. – De'Anthony
-Fun activities, getting help with math and reading from leaders and teachers. – Dana
-Fun activities, friends, snacks, computer lab, and learning more about math and reading. – Jae'kevion
-Meeting new people and making new friends. Having great group leaders. – Yelaina
This statement from Jessica is among the most touching: "I like everything about it. Having a place to go to stay away from the violence. We are safe here." Besides providing further academic experiences and many enrichment activities, the after school programs help to keep students safe and they are aware of that!
Rockford School Board member Jaime Escobedo submitted his resignation from the board effective Wednesday, May 29.
All RPS 205 elementary and middle school students will follow a shortened schedule on Monday, June 3.
Ethan Strombeck will receive a $2,500 scholarship.
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