KIDS Enhanced by Before/After School Programs

April 22, 2003

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Board of Education caught a glimpse of the impact before/after school programs have on children. A group of students from Hinton Area Elementary School in Summers County performed scenes from Peter Pan during the April Board of Education meeting. The students are part of the Kids in Dramatic Studies (KIDS) program.  

KIDS 1“We are very interested in providing additional meaningful instructional time to all students,” said Board Member Barbara Fish. “KIDS is a good example of the types of programs that are available to students.”  

KIDS was created in 1996 and is open to all students in grades two through five at Hinton Area Elementary School. Members say that the program helps instill leadership skills, communication skills and self-confidence.  

KIDS 1“KIDS has helped me accomplish so many other things in my life,” said former KIDS participant Rebecca Eerenberg. “The program gave me confidence and direction.”  

The West Virginia Board of Education has been reviewing before/after school programs and the impact they have on education.

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