Local after school programs available for students

February 27, 2013 by  

The city of Lancaster has partnered with local agencies to provide after school enrichment programs for students.

The program will include free tutoring, arts and crafts, math club, physical activities, and educational assemblies. Lancaster has worked with Children’s Academic and Recreation Enrichment Success (CARES) for the past 12 years, serving over 12,000 students.

After school sites include Mariposa, Linda Verde, Desert View, Sunnydale, Sierra, Joshua, Jack Northrop, and El Dorado. The program is free due to funding from an After School Education and Safety grant received by the city and the Lancaster School District.

The city also offers after school programs at Valley View and West Wind elementary schools and local churches in partnership with the Neighborhood Impact Home Program. Students attending these programs number in their hundreds.

A basketball league has recently been put together among the Neighborhood Homes and games are scheduled to be played at Antelope Valley High School.

In the 2011-12 school year, students in the after school programs improved their academic record and most of the students had a daily attendance record of 95% or higher.

Pastor Rob Dietzel of Grace Chapel Church, which oversees the program at four of the homes, said:

“These homes are a remarkable aid to the children of the neighborhoods in which they serve. They come to us and build relationships with each other. They see the value of these locations and begin to take pride in their neighborhood.”

Flyer printing makes it easy and economical to let community residents know of upcoming activities for children like these.