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Before/After School Program Provides Learning In Fun Environment

Before/After School Program Provides Learning In Fun Environment

Learning isn’t limited to school hours in Waterloo, thanks to the Waterloo Central School District’s Before/After School Enrichment Program at Skoi-Yase Primary and LaFayette Intermediate schools.

As many as 60 students per week participate in the free program that is open to all district students in Kindergarten through fifth grade.

Students can be dropped off for the Before School program between 7:30 and 8:15 a.m. Monday through Friday while the After School program takes place from dismissal until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

The After School program includes tutoring, enrichment activities and additional support while playing interactive games to practice turn taking and citizenship skills. Participants also receive a snack.

“We would not be able to provide such great opportunities without the support of the tutors, literacy partners, enrichment providers, and the entire school community,” said Andrea Eldridge, WCSD’s chairperson for Committee on Special Education (CSE) and Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) who oversees the Skoi-Yase program with Principal Sherri Monell. “This is truly a community effort.”

Principal Shaun Merrill and WCSD Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Coordinator (MTSS) Molly Lahr lead the programs at LaFayette Intermediate School.

The tutors in each building work to provide intervention and extension opportunities for students to enhance their education and the literacy partners work with students to practice turn taking and teach them how to play new games. The coordinators for each building act as the liaison for families while providing a safe and welcoming environment. 

Many aspects of the program are available at both schools, including:

Mindful Mondays, a program led by school social worker Cori Turchetti and school counselor Rick Spaulding.

  • Weekly visits by Cornell Cooperative Extension to teach students about the importance of healthy eating.
  • Weekly STEM opportunities provided by Skoi-Yase teaching assistant Michelle Andrews.
  • Enrichment activities in music, art and literacy.­

LaFayette building substitute Pam Doore has been reaching out to community agencies about spreading cheer and will be taking cards that students make during the program to Huntington Nursing Home.

Program coordinators are continuing to canvas the community to build partnerships to provide more opportunities for students. They are working with Hobart and William Smith to secure additional college tutors and are in the planning phases of having additional planter boxes made for the gardens at Skoi-Yase.

The program, which is paid for through the Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief (ESSER) fund, has ongoing enrollment. Families interested in participating can contact the main office at both Skoi-Yase and LaFayette.