BY MELANIE BUCK –
Mena Mayor George McKee signed two proclamations on Thursday, October 13, recognizing National After School Program Day at both Acorn Elementary and Holly Harshman Elementary.
Both schools host programs made possible through the 21st Century Community Center Learning Grant.
Acorn schools have morning tutoring and homework help Monday thru Thursday from 6:45 a.m. – 7:45 a.m. Acorn Outdoor Adventures, the name of their afterschool program, begins at 3:30 p.m. and lasts until 5:30 p.m., Monday thru Thursday and is under the direction of Michelle McGee and Kim Posey.
In the afternoons, students receive a snack and school officials are working with the Department of Human Services to try to get full meals incorporated. They also provide transportation home to some of the students. They currently serve around 150 students in grades K-12.
Holly Harshman Elementary also has programs in the mornings and afternoons. From 6:45 a.m. – 7:45 a.m., Monday through Friday, students can receive homework help and tutoring. In the afternoons, FLASH CATS, as they are called, are fed a snack and dinner, paid for by a grant through the Department of Human Services. Paulette Crawford and Cindy Brevik head the program at HHE. They reserve time in the afternoons for homework and club time as well. Their clubs include: Computer Coding, Robotics, Drug Awareness and Violence Awareness, Cooking, Sewing, Science, Soccer, Basketball, Track, Scholastics, Geo-Motion, and more. They serve, on average, approximately 127 students in grades 3 – 5.
HHE students plan to observe National After School Program Day, October 20 with an Open House. Students at HHE chose the theme, Lights on After School Day and each had ‘light bulbs’ to give as invitations inviting people to attend their Open House on October 20th from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.