Tribe Time Offers Before, After School Programs

Southern Local's Tribe Time

Tribe Time Offers Before, After School Programs

 

SALINEVILLE-Students in the Southern Local School District have a place to learn and grow before and after classes with the newly formed Tribe Time program.

 

The district teamed up with Wellsville-based A&J Kiducation Learning Center LLC to provide a before and after school program for elementary students. Doors officially opened on Aug. 26 and students ages 4-12 can participate from 7-8:45 a.m. and from 3:30-6 p.m. The youth attend sessions in the Southern Local Elementary School cafeteria with homework assistance and hands-on activities to keep them occupied while high school students will also be offered tutoring and enrichment opportunities throughout the year. Southern Local and Kiducation work with families during the enrollment process to develop a transportation plan but families may self-transport if they choose. Tuition costs $5 before school and $10 after school and may be covered by the Columbiana County Department of Job and Family Services’ assistance program if eligible, but children need not attend all week.

 

Aubrey Bach, who has operated Kiducation with Jamie Mitchell for the past seven years, was approached by district Director of Federal Programs Kristy Sampson about the idea after a community query showed a definite need. According to the query, the public indicated interest in an afterschool program with homework help and STEM activities for grades 3-10 and organizers were pleased to bring something to the community.

 

“We’re just really excited to offer this to the community and believe the kids will really benefit,” Bach said. “We have about 18 enrolled but [the number attending] varies.”

 

She and Mitchell organize the program and may hire help in the future if needed.

 

“We are open Monday to Friday at 7 a.m. and take them to class around 8:45. Then we come back after school is over and provide a snack, homework help and a lot of hands-on activities. We do hands-on STEM science experiments and make slime or play dough and have five activity centers with cars to blocks.”

 

Sampson concurred that children are gaining the fundamentals of an education in a familiar atmosphere and having fun at the same time.

 

“Tribe Time is a wonderful opportunity for our children and families enrolled to have children in a safe environment to extend their learning and relationship building with our staff and community,” she noted.

 

For more information or to enroll, contact the elementary school office at (330) 679-2343 or Bach at (330) 853-6390.

Southern Local's Tribe Time
Southern Local Elementary kindergarten student Courtney Kelly partakes in some fun learning activities during Tribe Time, a before and after school program offered by the Southern Local School District and the A&J Kiducation Learning Center LLC of Wellsville. Kiducation officials operate the program at 7-8:45 a.m. and 3:30-6 p.m. in the SLES cafeteria on weekdays. For more information or to enroll, contact the elementary school office at (330) 679-2343 or A&J Kiducation operator Aubrey Bach at (330) 853-6390.