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Springfield Public Schools expands before and after school program to focus on learning loss

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – Springfield Public School District offers before and after school classes SHINE Program. It provides educational activities for children in kindergarten to grade 8 to address learning loss among students disproportionately affected by coronavirus and school closures, including low-income students, children with disabilities , English language learners, racial and ethnic minorities, homeless students and children and young people. in a host family.

Aaron and Treneicia Porter’s daughter and son both go to Westport Elementary.

The after-school program allows someone to help them with their homework, which is crucial.

“Our son has autism so he’s not very talkative,” says Treneicia Porter. “He’s more mute and so the fact that he’s been in the after-school program, he’s interacted with other kids his age and it’s been so wonderful to watch him grow emotionally.”

Mainly, because of the loss of learning during the pandemic.

“Not having a babysitter, especially when we’re both working, is a bit difficult,” says Treneicia Porter. “It basically stopped us from being interactive, so when they reopened school and I enrolled them both, it was just a whole new game changer.”

Shine is a before and after school program for K-8 students within SPS. Director of Elementary Learning, Mike Methvin, says these years are key to a child’s success in the classroom. This is why the program now offers academic support.

“The importance of building a strong foundation in literacy and numeracy,” says Methvin. “Certainly missing out on opportunities to connect with their teachers is a priority for us.”

It comes after the the city council approved amending the park board budget, providing $294,450 in school board grant funds for the Springfield R-12 School District’s service expansion for the wraparound care program for elementary and middle school youth. This was made possible by $3.4 million in coronavirus relief funds, to be used in and through the Springfield-Greene County Park Board’s SPARC before and after school programs.

The district partners with the Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, Dream Center and Park Board.

“Part of this partnership has allowed our four global providers to add staff who are solely focused on academic support and these academic coordinators spend time working with students and have actually partnered with the district to ensure that what they provide is aligned with our district. program,” says Methvin.

Students who get free or reduced lunch are eligible for scholarships in the program. Methvin says it’s essential that all students have access.

“We know that students who have a safe place to go after school and the ability to grab a hot meal after school will be ready to succeed the next day,” says Methvin.

The Porter family took advantage of this opportunity.

“I actually don’t have to pay before or after school, which makes it a lot easier for me,” says Treneicia Porter. “I can take any extra funds I have and go have fun with them or buy anything they want.”

If you have any questions about SHINE, contact your school’s SHINE partner.

Springfield Boys and Girls Clubs: 417-862-9249 x117

Dream Center: 417-720-1065

SPARC: 417-837-5737

YMCAs: 417-862-7456

You can register for the program here.

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