Most local students have one thing on their minds right now: how many days left until vacation. As the kids are finishing up this term’s work and cleaning out their desks, some adults are already thinking about the next school year. A team of service providers and advocates is busy putting together the talent and resources to deliver 1,000 new “after school” seats when school starts again in August. This cooperative effort, which is led by ARCHS and St. Louis Kids (in partnership with the Mental Health Board), is aimed at adding and sustaining 5,000 new seats over the next five years.
The first thousand seats the team is putting together are targeted for elementary school students, ages 5-13. Many of the programs will be held in St. Louis Public Schools, some at the sites of the providers, and others in parochial schools.
Beyond these thousand seats, the City’s Recreation Division plans to add after school programs in six City recreation centers, using the new Prop P funds approved by City voters. These seats will be targeted at middle school students.
After school programs are very important to our kids’ success in school — and in life.