After School Program in Daleville a Success

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

It’s a typical day at school for Windham Elementary students. But for a lot of them, the fun doesn't at the typical time on a school day, now that a new program has slid into place.

Sonia Ellison is the program director of A.C.T.I.O.N., which is a new program that began at the beginning of January for both the elementary and middle school. She says, "There was a need for something else with all of the new correlations with No Child Left Behind."

A.C.T.I.O.N. allows parents to drop their children off before school and have them stay until five in the afternoon.

Windham Teacher Christi Nelson said, "It's very helpful to the parents to be able to have an educational place for the children to stay after school until they can get off work and pick them up."

Students in the program begin with concentrating on their homework and then participate in other activities, like playing board games.

Ellison says students are now finishing their homework even before A.C.T.I.O.N. begins, showing students are taking a positive attitude towards it.

Windham Elementary Student Jazmyne Dixon said, "I like it because we do a lot of stuff; we learn about Dr. Martin Luther King and we do different things when it's a holiday.”

Ellison says the program is not only helping the students, but the community as well. "The community is an active part of this program and that’s what we wanted to happen. We wanted this integration between the community and the school system."

The program costs between $20 to $30 dollars a month for supplies, which is a price many parents are willing to pay to ensure their children's well-being.

The program says they are always in need of volunteers. If you would like to help, contact Sonia Ellison at 406-2259.

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  • by Nolan Location: Daleville on Jan 24, 2008 at 01:43 PM
    Sounds like the school system is going into the daycare business with out the proper state licenses or inspections. I'm sure that a class of 20 to 30 students fees ($600 to $900) will cover the cost of "supplies". "The program says they are always in need of volunteers." Something just doesn't seem right about this program. Call me a pessimist.
  • by Bill Location: Enterprise on Jan 24, 2008 at 10:23 AM
    Just a free daycare program at taxpayer expense. Working moms and others who put money before their children love it. A new wave of free daycare sweeping the nation under the guise of "early education". lol
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