Bryan County Schools’ Community Education division is joining with the National After School Association (NAA) to celebrate the professionals that are at the heart of afterschool programs during “Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week” April 23-27, 2018.
“We believe afterschool professionals make a significant difference in the lives of young people,” said Mark Griffin, System Coordinator of Community Education. “We encourage everyone to join us this week in thanking our afterschool professionals for the important job they do.”
An estimated 10.2 million children participate in before/after school programs nationwide each year. Today, afterschool programs are much more than just child care. Afterschool programs such as Bryan County Schools’ After School Program (ASP) are credited as the way to enhance education in STEM, literacy, the arts, social and emotional learning, health and wellness and more. With that demand comes increased responsibility on the estimated 850,000 professionals who are making a difference in the lives of our children.
Bryan County Schools’ Before and After School Program offers two before school and three after school sites. After school sites include McAllister Elementary, Community Education Center (Richmond Hill district) and Lanier Primary (North Bryan school district.) Almost 800 students benefit from the enhanced learning opportunities in Bryan County Schools’ Before and After School Program. In addition, many ASP students take advantage of enhanced learning opportunities through Bryan County Schools’ Community Education program. Community Education offers extended learning opportunities in extracurricular classes such as art, dance, martial arts, music and more. These programs are open to all students interested in enhanced learning opportunities, including those enrolled in ASP.