Each day after school, approximately 20-30 children spend a few hours at Lincoln Elementary School for healthy snacks, tutoring, physical activities, additional learning opportunities, and other fun games and activities as part of the YMCA after-school program in partnership with Gering Public Schools.
The program is aimed at GPS students in kindergarten through fifth grade and provides a structured time for learning and fun after a long day of school.
“The students really appreciate it. It’s a great time,” said program director Trevor Teichroeb. “We keep them busy with different fun activities. It’s a structured after school program so they continue to learn but also have fun and physical activity. It gives them a chance to play, learn and grow.
The program takes place from Monday to Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. except Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Although the program costs, it accepts grants and scholarships through Gering Communities 4 Kids are available.
“We want to provide a safe place for children after school,” Teichroeb said. “We want children to be safe, to be able to participate in safe activities, and in particular at the YMCA, our goal is to be healthy and physical as well as to pursue educational opportunities.”
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Parents can pick up an application at the YMCA of Scottsbluff or the GPS district office. For more information, contact Teichroeb at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit him at the Gering Kindergarten and Preschool Enrollment Expo at the Gering Civic Center on Wednesday, February 23 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. .