De­catur North­side El­e­men­tary to be­gin ‘SPARK’ program

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DE­CATUR — De­catur Pub­lic School District was awarded the 21st Cen­tury Com­mu­nity Learn­ing Cen­ters Grant again this year.

Be­gin­ning Sept. 11, stu­dents in grades kinder­garten through 12th grade are in­vited to at­tend from 3 to 6 p.m. This af­ter-school club time, called “SPARK” (Strength­en­ing Per­sonal De­vel­op­ment And Re­in­forc­ing Knowledge), has been cre­ated to pro­vide aca­demic/home­work tu­tor­ing ser­vices and en­rich­ment time to pro­mote math and lit­er­acy skills. In ad­di­tion, sev­eral ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties are be­ing of­fered to en­hance per­sonal and so­cial de­vel­op­ment.

Some of the ac­tiv­i­ties that will be of­fered on a ro­ta­tional and sea­sonal ba­sis in­clude archery, fish­ing, arts and crafts, dance, mar­tial arts, win­ter guard, col­lege and ca­reer readi­ness, com­puter skills and cod­ing, and cake dec­o­rat­ing. Stu­dents will be placed in these ac­tiv­i­ties based on age, level of in­ter­est and need and avail­abil­ity. The program will be fully staffed by De­catur School District em­ploy­ees, Boys and Girls Club and other com­mu­nity part­ners.

Be­gin­ning Oct. 2, din­ner will be of­fered at 4:45 p.m. each day. Stu­dents 18 and un­der are free. Adults 19 and older will be charged $3.50. All are wel­come to join.

SPARK will fol­low the reg­u­lar school cal­en­dar. Stu­dents in mid­dle and high school will be bused over to the el­e­men­tary school each day for SPARK. Be­gin­ning Oct. 2, bus trans­porta­tion home from SPARK will be of­fered. Parents are re­spon­si­ble for pick­ing their chil­dren up no later than 6 p.m. each day un­til then.

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