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K-8 after-school programs at the Ed Center

The Archuleta County Education Center is looking forward to another great year in our after-school programs for students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

For the first semester of 2012-13, the program will have a familiar look and some new concepts.

Elementary programs will have a flexible schedule. Our objective is to group the students according to grade level for more efficient academic support.

We have, however, found that some students and parents prefer to attend daily. We will be glad to work with specific family needs.

Mondays and Wednesdays are designated for kindergarten, first and second grades. Tuesdays and Thursdays target third- and fourth- graders.

Scholarships are graciously provided by United Way and concerned individuals in Pagosa Springs.

We require a one-time registration fee of $25 to sign up your student.

In addition to after-school tutoring, we offer K-4 enrichment programs. Both tutoring and enrichment programs will run from school dismissal to 5 p.m.

Planned activities are:

• Cooking Around the World, Mondays.

• Art in different cultures, Wednesdays.

• Tuesday, Thursday and Friday offerings to be announced when needs are identified.

Middle school students are encouraged to attend tutoring on a daily basis. A new addition to the tutoring program will be an improvement to the tutor/student ratio. The goal is to have a tutor for every two students who are registered. We are seeking high school peer tutors, parents, retired teachers — anyone who would like to give to our middle school students in a tutoring environment.

Middle school will have enrichment activities Friday afternoons only from dismissal to 5 p.m. with Jenna Gregory as the facilitator. She is planning themes, such as:

• Babysitters Workshop in the fall and the spring.

• Wilderness education.

• STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) projects.

• Cooking.

• Drama, and more.

Other activities will be scheduled throughout the school year for K-8 students. We will send flyers and announcement home with your child at the end of every month.

All after-school activities include a light snack before the activity begins. A $25 annual registration fee is required for all programs. Sorry, no scholarships are available for the enrichment activities at this time.

For more information, call the Ed Center at 264-2835 or go to the website at www.archuletacountyedcuationcenter.com. You will be able to register and pay online for all programs.

A reminder: we also offer abundant enrichment opportunities for adults — many computer courses, first aid/CPR, Top 10 IRA Mistakes, Spanish for adults, jewelry making, GED test preparation, English as a Second Language (ESL) for adults and more to be slated as the season progresses.

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