The Poland After School program is a big success for students and working parents. On March 1, registration will open for the next school year and those interested are urged to apply early to be guaranteed a spot.
The After School program was designed to help parents who have to work till 4 or 5 p.m. and can't be home when their elementary school child comes home. It helps prevent a young child from being home alone.
According to program director Diane Dailey, there are about 130 kids in the program this school year. At the end of the normal school day, buses from Dobbins, North and McKinley bring students enrolled in the program to Poland Union Elementary. When they arrive, they go to assigned classrooms according to grade.
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Poland After School program assistant director Alex Miller and director Diane Dailey are prepared to start taking registrations on March 1 for the 2014-15 school year. The program gives a safe place for students of parents who work until 5 p.m.
''We have class rooms for kindergarten and first, second and third, and fourth and fifth grades,'' Dailey said. ''We have a total of nine teachers and aides that handle the classrooms.''
Students in the program are offered a snack and then can get some physical exercise, take part in a craft, or finish their homework. Parents pick their child up at Union at the end of their workday and can rest easy, knowing their child is in safe hands.
There is a fee for the program and discounts for more than one child, but it does have a limit on the number of children that can enroll. For information on the program, contact Dailey or assistant director Alex Miller at 330-757-0851. Enrollment will begin on March 1 and will continue until the program is full.
Miller said the program often features special events such as one that happened last week.
''We had Stage Door (theater and dance company) come in and teach the kids to do hip hop,'' Miller said. ''It was fun for everyone.''