Bucyrus City Schools engage students and families with BES 21st CCLC After School Program

Bucyrus City Schools offers an after-school program for elementary students to provide academic intervention, enrichment and remediation for students. It supports student achievement in reading and math by providing tutoring, homework help, and interactive learning activities. The program has four goals that are integrated throughout the year–reading improvement, math improvement, youth development, and family engagement. BES (Bucyrus Elementary School) Program Coordinator Robin Showers says, “Students enjoy attending the program because it is a unique experience for them beyond their school day that supports their learning during the regular school day.” The program is provided through a 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grant. It is the first year of the five-year, $200,000 annual grant for before and after school academic support and enrichment activities.

The daily schedule includes a snack, physical activity, tutoring/homework help, computer intervention in the areas of reading and math, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities, character education, and guest speakers or field trips. Numerous organizations like Lowe-Volk Park, Pickwick Farms, Bucyrus Public Library, Crawford County Arts Council, OSU Extension-SNAP Ed-Nutrition, Crawford County Soil and Water Agency, COSI, Columbus Children’s Theatre have been involved. All students receive a free hot meal before leaving.

In alignment with the Leader In Me Initiative at BES which has the students involved in Tribes during the school day, the BES After-School Program also has Tribes Plus for the after-school students. These Tribes Plus include Yoga, Book Fun, Lego Land, Sports, Arts and Crafts. The students rotate through the Tribes Plus so that they have the opportunity to participate in all of them. Showers says the list is just the beginning. “These activities and special events are still in the planning stages, and we are excited to include others on the schedule as the school year continues.”

Beyond the tutoring before or after school, the BES After-School Program also includes family engagement events. The activities presented during the event provide quality time for families to interact as a unit and discover significant and worthwhile information and resources from the school and community. Showers says the first family engagement event at BES is on Thursday, Nov. 8 where there will be literacy and STEM workshops for the families. This date coordinates with Family Book Fair Night at BES. They will also be able to meet the after-school staff.

Other special events throughout the year will include Family Movie Nights, Literacy Night in March, BSS athletic events, and others to be planned. “These engagement events provide opportunities for families to participate in their child’s learning,” explains Showers. “In addition, the events set in motion social networking opportunities for families to meet other families.”

The BES After-School Program runs Monday through Thursday 3:20-5:50 p.m. The morning program is Monday through Friday 7:05-8:05 a.m. A teacher and an aide per grade level and several enrichment coaches provide the extended learning activities. All staff participate in trainings and professional development that assist them in working with students, including approved BCI and FBI background checks; CPR/First Aid certification; Child Abuse Prevention and Reporting, Communicable Disease Awareness, and Pre-Service Staff Orientation for Afterschool Child Care.

For more information or questions about the program, please contact Robin Showers at rshowers@bucyrusschools.org.