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Smun'eem After School program continued
Khowhemun Elementary School and Parkside Academy Childcare Society have again been awarded an operating grant to run the Smun'eem after school program,
It kicks off in its sixth year this September.
"The program is an invaluable component of what we are trying to do as a school community," said principal Darrell Wright. "It supports families, supports students and really adds to student’s sense of belonging in the school. There is a reason that there is a waiting list to get into this program every year – families know how it adds to the success of their child.”
In order to apply for funding from RBC Foundation, an evaluation of the program’s success was completed. Teachers and parents observed a positive change in students.
Students demonstrated more responsibility, homework was always completed, and more confidence and engagement in their education was observed. All students said they enjoyed the program, especially homework help, gym time, crafts and just having fun.
The program is open for Grades 2 to 7 and registration begins Aug. 26.
"With the help of the Royal Bank, we are pleased to provide a diverse after school program that is inclusive to all children in need of a special place to come and get support academically, physically and emotionally,” said Parkside Academy’s director of programs Adriana Soler.