Established in 2001 at Elisha M. Pease Communication/Technology Magnet School, the after-school programs provide a wide variety of courses for students in grades Kindergarten through 6th. The program is designed to offer courses that provide enrichment and enhancement to the regular education curriculum. All classes are held on campus each afternoon beginning the first day of school. The classes are offered on a rotating day schedule which allows students to participate in a variety of classes each week. The program currently offers about 35 classes, in everything from sports, to computers, to reading and the arts. Approximately 75% of the entire Pease student population attends after-school classes.
The Mighty Cyber Tiger After-School Program enjoys tremendous involvement and cooperation from central administration, staff, and faculty, along with the support and participation from the community. This winning combination ensures continued success for years to come.
After-school programs keep kids safe, help working families and improve academic achievement. The following information support the effectiveness of after-school programs.
1. Today, more than 28 million children have parents who work outside the home.
2. As many as 15 million kids have no place to go once the school day ends.
3. Studies show that students involved in after-school programs get better grades, attend school more and have improved behavior. They express greater hopes for the future and more interest in school.
4. Two-thirds of Americans say that it is difficult to find programs in their communities and that not enough programs are available.
5. About 13 percent of children and adolescents are now seriously overweight. After-school programs can provide physical activity and reinforce healthy behavior.
1 U.S. Department of Labor
2 U.S. Census Bureau, Urban Institute estimate, 2000
3 "Extra Benefits Tied to Extra-Curricular(s)," Education Week, October 2000
5 After-school Alliance, Mott/JCPenney After-school Poll, July, 2001
6 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999
7 "Promoting Better Health for Young People Through Physical Activity and Sports: A Report to the President From the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Secretary of Education," Fall 2000
The National PTA recently released the results of its February 2003 survey of members' attitudes and perceptions surrounding after-school programs. The respondents said safety and supervision are the primary benefits of after-school programs. Also, 95 percent said after-school programs are "important" or "very important" for elementary and middle school students in their area. – The After-School Alliance