Crossett Elementary School was awarded approximately $660,000 to maintain an afterschool program for the next five years. Principal Veronica Robinson said that she wrote for the grant with the help of Assistant Principal Janet Ricks and librarian Leslie Mansur and that Crossett was one of 15 applicants out of 65 that were awarded funding.
In order to receive funding the program must be for at least three hours a day, have 100 students in attendance, and teach a variety of subjects with an emphasis on homework help.
Robinson and Ricks have written a course catalog for the five-year program with eight sections to be covered. Homework help will be offered daily to assist in enhancing academics, and two days a week the students will be enrolled in enrichment activities that focus on social and emotional health and the arts.
The first section includes math boosters, literacy courses, reading games, mystery science, writing sessions and other programs centered around reading and writing. Section two focuses on art, sports, and being active. Some of the topics in that section include show choir, art in the afternoon, kid yoga, globetrotter kids, story walk, and color run.
Section three focuses on character, maturation, and friendship, and section four is agriculture based. Section five is based on technology and computers and includes programs that involve computer coding and robotics.
Section six focuses on leadership skills and civics. Some of the courses in this section include superhero kids, kindness crew, leadership league, and junior civic club. Section seven is all about parental involvement and working together, and section eight is dance and music.
Robinson said they are also working with members of the community to include guest speakers and increase community involvement.
Transportation from the program will also be provided to all students enrolled.
The program will start on Sept. 3 and run for 25 weeks. The 100 slots will be offered on a first-come-first-serve basis. Robinson said the forms will go home in the first Eagle folders as to give everyone a fair shot at getting their application in at the same time.
No applications will be released until then.
In addition students who do not attend on a regular basis will be dismissed from the program, and their slot will be given to the next person on the waiting list.