New After the Bell programs slated for Nikiski and Seward communities

Posted: Thursday, January 03, 2002

The New Year sees two new sites opening for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula with programs to model the successful After the Bell Program in Soldotna. The new sites are located in Nikiski and Seward.

Known as "After the Bell II," the programs are a result of a partnership between the Boys & Girls Club, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and Soldotna Community Schools, according to Keith Randall, Operations Director for the Clubs. "According to a recent survey, the most dangerous time for kids is the time between 3 and 8pm when they are alone after school when they don't have parental involvement because parents are still working.


Club members do some painting at an After the Bell program in Kenai

So the After the Bell program offers something after the school bell rings that are academic-based programs which also offers a place to go for help with homework, tutoring, recreation, and activities to meet the needs of the kids," said Randall.


Keith Randall, Operations Director for The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula

An estimated 500 youth will be served each day in ten after-school program sites around the Peninsula once the After the Bell programs are in full swing. The goal of the After the Bell II program is to raise children's academic performance, thus raising their self-confidence, according to Randall. The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula started 14 years ago and now have over 2,500 youth participating in activities and programs annually. In addition to the original site in Kenai, there are now clubs in Seldovia, Homer, and five sites in the Soldotna area. For additional information call 283-2682.

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