Cities In Schools, the organization that runs an after-school program at Charles Evans Elementary School, will introduce a new holiday program this year.
The new program will cover professional development days and holiday breaks, periods of time the after-school program can’t cover, with the exception of Good Friday. Like the after-school program, it will serve students in pre-K through 5th grade.
“We’ve talked off and on for quite some time, and quite heavily during the summer,” CIS Director Teri Tolbert said. “It’s always been kind of inconvenient for our parents who have kids in our program.”
The program follows the Ardmore City Schools’ schedule.
“It was just a matter of making sure we had staff and that there was going to be a need,” Tolbert said. “We feel like there’s definitely a need, whether it’s our students or area students.”
The holiday program will be more loosely structured than the after-school program or the organization’s summer program. Each day will last from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Unlike the summer program, kids will need to eat breakfast before attending and bring a packed lunch.
“If there are area schools that are out whose calendars coincide with ours, they’re welcome as drop-ins,” Tolbert said. “Everyone is welcome as a drop-in, we just have a short enrollment form.”
Tolbert said the program would include some physical activity, with the first through fifth grades students having some access to computers.
“We will not have quite the organized curriculum we have in the summer, but we will be doing some fun, educational things,” Tolbert said.
The cost of the program is $20 per day for each child.
“We’re really looking forward to being able to offer something extra for our current students and parents and opening it up to others who may need a place that’s fun and safe and educational,” Tolbert said.