A new after-school program, funded by the Promise Neighborhood Initiative, is scheduled to begin in Jackson County on October 15. Registration forms and materials about the programs have been sent home with students over the last two weeks. The new after-school program is open to all students at Jackson County Middle and High School and students in third through fifth grade at McKee, Tyner and Sand Gap elementary schools. Students will get help in school subjects such as math, science, language arts and social studies. They can also receive instruction in enrichment subjects not normally taught in schools, like martial arts, robotics and humanities through the use of drama.

“With schools continually facing budget cuts, there are fewer academic support or enrichment opportunities for students,” said Erin Connor, Associate Director of School-Based Services for Berea College Promise Neighborhood. “With the new district-wide after-school program, we are excited to be able to provide opportunities for extra academic support, combined with experiences with the arts. We hope to offer a lot of fun and educational experiences that students don’t get during the regular school day.”

Not only does this after-school program offer these new opportunities for students, but it also provides bus transportation after the program each day and a chance for kids to enjoy physical activity and a healthy snack.  Participation in the program is free of charge. To register, students must commit to participating fully until the December break.