After-school programs to begin at elementary school

By Julie Loar
Special to The SUN

After-school tutoring and enrichment programs, offered by Archuleta County Education Center, will begin on Sept. 9 at the Pagosa Springs Elementary School.

Please drop by the open house at the elementary school today, Aug. 29, from 4-7 p.m. to visit the Ed Center information table and pick up registration information.

School dropouts begin as early as age 10, so it’s never too early to begin. Research indicates that if kids aren’t “hooked” before then, they struggle.

The after-school tutoring program offered by ACEC, in cooperation with the Archuleta School District 50 Jt., addresses the achievement problem directly by helping students understand their classwork. When students finish homework assignments correctly, they are more likely to attend their regular classes and participate in classroom discussion, and good preparation improves students’ self esteem.

Enrichment programs that offer cooking and art meet Mondays and Wednesdays for students in kindergarten through second grade, and Tuesday and Thursday for third and fourth graders.

The after-school programs also provide a safe and positive environment for youth between the end of the regular school day and the time parents finish work.

Debbie Moore, a licensed elementary teacher, will be the tutoring program coordinator this year and high school students are hired to be tutors. Tessie Garcia will continue teaching the enrichment programs.  Each class begins with a snack and some “wiggle time.”

Call the Education Center for more information at 265-2835, or visit the website,

This story was posted on August 29, 2013.