NORTH LAWRENCE - Healthy snacks, homework help, and various outdoor activities are among the options that will be provided in a new after school program at the Life in His Arms Community Church for young students in Brasher.
The North Lawrence Church is currently accepting applications for the program, which they hope to start in the beginning of October. Students between the ages of 5 and 13 will be picked up at St. Lawrence Central School and driven to the church where the activities will run until 6:30 p.m.
Bible Club coordinator Genie Rounds and Pastor Belle Burgoyne will lead the new program and are intrigued by the variety of options for the attendees.
If we have the span of ages we think well have, the variety of activities will be good since the little ones might not have homework. Pastor Belle is a certified teacher so there will be tutoring, etc. It will be organized. The kids will not be sitting in front of a computer all afternoon. They will be getting homework help and receiving a snack, Ms. Rounds said.
Safety is definitely an important aspect of this program for the kids to be involved with. The whole idea is not to have kids home alone waiting for their parents.
We have two New York state certified teachers helping. There will be outdoor activities, weather permitting. There are indoor activities and games, arts and crafts, and we have a reading room and multiple lap tops for the kids to use educational programs on them, Ms. Burgyone added.
The program will ultimately have the capacity for 20 students, but Ms. Burgoyne said that for now they are only allowed six. The staff has to first get certified by St. Lawrence County Child Care Inc., the group who does certification for all of the day care and after school programs.
There are a few different funding services that are involved with the church, according to Ms. Burgoyne.
The Department of Social Services helps pay and theres also church assistance as well, depending on the number of children and the income of the household, she said.
The staff will consist of certified teachers and church staff, as well as student volunteers who rotate shifts based on the amount of students involved that day.
Those who are interested can apply at the church or by calling 755-5880.
We hope to have it started in October. The council says it might be able to start in the middle of October. We can take in six kids for now and will start once the certification is completed, Ms. Burgoyne said.
If it flies, we would like to do the program year long. We have to see if it takes off, Ms. Rounds added.