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James Moreno helps his cousin Ameila Moreno-Lopez organize a game of Jenga so they can play together while waiting for parents to pick them up from the YMCA afterschool program. The program helps families who want their children to be supervised after school while they are still at work.


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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.







GPS and YMCA partner to offer after-school program

Nicolaus Absalon colors a coloring book page while waiting for a parent to pick him up from the Lincoln Elementary School YMCA after-school program.


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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.







GPS and YMCA partner to offer after-school program

Carson Mayhall chases Logan Montemayor in a tag game during the YMCA afterschool program at Lincoln Elementary. Director Trevor Teichroeb said they try to have a balance between physical and educational activities for students in the program.


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“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.







GPS and YMCA partner to offer after-school program

Gering students from the YMCA after-school program find different games and activities to keep them busy during the last few minutes of the program on Thursday, February 17. The program is offered to children in the Gering public school system, from kindergarten through fifth grade.


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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.







GPS and YMCA partner to offer after-school program

Yaneli Galindo draws a rainbow during the YMCA afterschool program at Lincoln Elementary School. The program offers a balance between structured activities and free time.


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“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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GPS and YMCA partner to offer after-school program

Ameila Moreno-Lopez starts organizing a game of Jenga to play in the YMCA’s afterschool program.


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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 trailswest@ymcaofscottsbluff.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. .







GPS and YMCA partner to offer after-school program

After School Para Martina Fontanot builds different things out of foam blocks with Logan Montemayor during the YMCA After School Program on Thursday, February 18.


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