Not all children come home from school to cookies and milk and a special area with a caring adult to concentrate on homework. The reality is that most kids in the neighborhoods surrounding our Eagle Creek and Fountain Square Corps come home to an empty house. Many of these children will have a less than adequate dinner and face distractions that keep them from being successful with their schoolwork.
Our Eagle Creek Community Corps was recently highlighted for their Summer Feeding Program. Now that school is back in session they are open after school for school-aged children within a 2 mile radius of the building. Staff pick-up the students from their school, transport them to the center, help students with homework in the media center and provide an afternoon snack. The hours are from 3-6p.m. during the school year.
At the Fountain Square Corps, area children can find respite in physical activity with their Open Gym time for students in grades 7 – 12 Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3 to 5 pm. Tuesday nights is youth night, offering the traditional Salvation Army programs – Sunbeams, Girl Guards and Adventure Corps. Transportation and meal are provided at no cost and these programs begin Sept. 13. The center is in the process of hiring a director who will oversee these programs and also establish new ones.
For information about these and other after-school activities, locate a corps near you here on the “locations” tab.