Elba Elementary Students keep learning after class

By: Denise Bradberry Email
By: Denise Bradberry Email

Students at Elba Elementary are getting the chance to take part in after-school enrichment programs.

Whether they're into music, dance or sports, students at Elba Elementary are learning even more when class ends.

Elba 21st Century Learning project is an after-school enrichment program.

"They're being exposed to so many different facets that they might explore later on," says Program Director Milly McCulough.

Students can take part in everything from art to photography to gymnastics and even geocaching with handheld GPS devices.

Some of the students told News 4 what their favorite part of the afternoon program is.

"We get to take pictures of things,” says Kate Hudson.

"We get to play," says Collin Harrison.

"I like to dance cause we got the hip and hop," says Kali Nicholson.

Many of these activities are simply not offered in the small cities like Elba.

"They would have to travel to another town, so even if families could afford the classes, the logistics of getting out of town to participate in them is difficult on families and we're able to provide a different activity for these students everyday," says McCullough.

Students even have a chance to work on their homework and get help with areas they're struggling in.

McCullough says it's not just enriching for the students.

"To see the looks on the children’s faces when they know it's taekwondo day. That is reward in itself,” says McCullough.

There is a monthly tuition for the program but the price is determined by the family's income.


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