Close to 130 students participate in an after school program called After the Bell. The Mars Hill based program needs to secure a permanent residency to continue programming, and is asking for the community’s help to help them do so. News Source 8′s Angela Christoforos reports…
These kids are working up a sweat and having fun while doing it…
Student Carly Guerrette said, “We do it once a week after school.”
She’s talking about the Mars Hill based After the Bell after school program.
After the Bell Program Director Jamie Guerrette said, “We probably target the 6 to 10 year olds that are too old for daycare but too young to be home alone.”
The volunteer run program promotes health and wellness, social interaction and something fun for kids to do after school. Running is just one of the activities. According to Guerette over 75% of children in the SAD 42 School District have participated in the program within the past year.
Running coach Amanda Cushman said, “It keeps kids out of trouble it teaches them to have a sense of community.”
Wednesdays program was at the Fort Street School of Mars Hill. When it’s not held there it’s usually at the All Star Gymnastics location on Main Street. But to ensure that programming continues, After the Bell needs a permanent residence to call it’s own.
Owner of All Star Gymnastics Allison Wheeler said, “We have out grown our space so our goal is to find a permanent location that will include both All Star Gymnastics and After the Bell.”
“All Star has taken us under their umbrella which is a perfect partnership it provides us with the insurance and the stability that we need and we just need now to be permanently be under their umbrella and have a permanent place with them,” said Guerrette.
To get that spot the program needs to raise $5000. It’s asking for the communities help in getting that permanent place kids can call their own; that hosts activities they enjoy so much.
To donate to After the Bell, go to http://www.gofundme.com/6grvgs