GULF SHORES, Alabama (WKRG) – Gulf Shores Middle School’s “Beyond the Bell” program recently received a financial boost from the Alabama 21st Century Community Learning Center, a program funded by the U.S. Department of Education, which provides grants to schools and colleges. other organizations to provide learning opportunities outside of regular school hours.
Brittney Reeves, Vice-Principal and After-School Program Director, says the After-School Program is something she is passionate about.
“It gives us $150,000 a year for three years to run after school and summer programs for our students, it focuses on service learning, academic support, academic enrichment, projects STEAM, musical theatre,” Reeves said.
Beyond the Bell is not your typical after-school care program.
“It’s not a babysitting service, we don’t watch movies,” Reeves said. “We are active, we make slime, we build robots, we learn to code with robots.”
With teachers who focus on what interests children.
“We ask them all the time what they want and then we build those opportunities into the program, for them, so it helps to make sure they’re involved, they’re around people, they get that support not just to go home,” Reeves said.
From riding bikes in the state park to building race cars, Beyond the Bell is focused on educating students, while having fun. Reeves says the money received this year will go towards a new climbing wall.