21st Century YMCA
The Twin Pike Family YMCA 21st CCLC before- and afterschool programs at BONCL are winding down and have experienced tremendous growth throughout the 2013-2014 school year.
With 28 students currently enrolled, BONCL’s before and after-school programs continue to be an effective extension of the regular school day. “Being in its 11th year, the Twin Pike Family YMCA 21st CCLC before and after-school programs have grown to be vital to the academic success of many participants,” noted Cassie Huckstep-Spangler, site coordinator of the 21st CCLC program at BONCL.
“We are fortunate to have 21st CCLC before- and after-school staff members that make extended day learning fun and exciting while providing enrichment activities that enhance the overall learning experience.”
Recent surveying of students indicated that program participants attend the before- and after-school programs at BONCL for a variety of reasons including homework help, enrichment activities, and physical activities.
“The program is always changing and has a lot to offer participants,” continued Cassie Huckstep-Spangler. “While homework help and physical activity remain consistent within program hours, we continue to explore ways to add variety to the program to keep students interested in learning outside of the regular school day.”
New to the program this year, STEM lessons and activities have added an additional academic component to the program. Rachel Turner, a veteran teacher with the BONCL R-X School District and the 21st CCLC after-school program, provides learning activities that center around science, technology, engineering and math.
The Lay Family Foundation has also continued its support of 21st CCLC before- and after-school programs by providing week-long enrichment courses presented by local community members.
At BONCL, students have recently completed “Eating Rainbow Flavors” and “More Nutrition” with Vanessa Thomas, “3D Accordion” with Sheri Grote, and “Word Works – Spanish Style” with Helen Boyd. Remaining enrichments to be completed by the end of the school year include “Tie-Dye Batiked Toys” with Sheri Grote and “Edible Art” with Gail Way.
Another component new to the 21st CCLC after-school program at BONCL this year has been the introduction of the Food and Fun After-school Curriculum.
Designed as a nutrition and physical activity curriculum to help children develop healthy habits during out-of-school time, students regularly participate in food and fun units and activities in the after-school program.
Each unit promotes healthy snacks and recipes, physically active games, and creative learning activities as a regular part of the afterschool schedule.
Combining STEM, Lay enrichments, and food and fun, with a healthy snack, homework help, math and reading mini-courses, and physical activity, the YMCA 21st CCLC programs at BONCL provide many layers of opportunity to pique the interest of students in grades K-8, ultimately resulting in extended learning time that students find fun and exciting to attend.
With only five weeks left in the program until summer break, 21st CCLC students and staff continue to be fully engaged in the program, and will participate in content-rich activities that inspire and motivate students to learn and continue to grow.
For more information on the YMCA 21st CCLC program at BONCL, individuals may contact Cassie Huckstep-Spangler, BONCL site coordinator, at 573-754-5412 or the YMCA 21st CCLC Office at 573-754-4999.