City will offer Foundations after-school program


Published: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 1:54 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 1:54 p.m.

Are you looking for an affordable after-school program for your children with character education, homework help, academics and fun activities?

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FOUNDATIONS

* What: Foundations After-School Program, offered by the city of Gainesville

* When: Sept. 2-June 4, 2015; 1:30-6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; 12:30-6 p.m. Wednesday

* Where: Eastside Community Center, 2841 E. University Ave.; Clarence R. Kelly Community Center, 1701 NE 8th Ave.; Porters Community Center, 512 SW 2nd Terrace; Albert “Ray” Massey Recreation Center, 1001 NW 34th St.

* Cost: $3.30 per day for city residents and $5 for non-city residents

* Information: Call 352-334-5067.

If so, then check out the city of Gainesville's Foundations After-School Program for students in first- through eighth-grade.

And scholarships will be available.

The cost per day will be $3.30 for residents and $5 for non-city residents.

Benjamin Dillard, recreation supervisor at the city of Gainesville, said Foundations will offer fees by the day so parents will pay only for those days their child will be attending the after-school program, which will be offered from 1:30-6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 12:30-6 p.m. Wednesday from Sept. 2-June 4, 2015.

The following city recreation centers will offer the program:

* Clarence R. Kelly Community Center, 1701 NE 8th Ave.

* Eastside Community Center, 2841 E. University Ave.

* Porters Community Center, 512 SW 2nd Terrace

* Albert "Ray" Massey Recreation Center, 1001 NW 34th St.

To register the child, parents will need a proof of residency using a GRU bill or a voter ID card. Registration is available from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday at the Thomas Center at 302 NE 6th Ave., Building B, 3rd Floor.

"Space is limited and students are accepted on a first-come first-served basis," said Dillard. "The program fills up fast."

Dillard said the program is very interactive and will consist of (four) nine-week sessions with scuh themes as animals, healthy living, fitness and nutrition, environment and social responsibility and arts and culture. He said the program will focus on the Six Pillars of Character, which are trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

"No matter what you do in life, these (character) elements are important," Dillard said. "Character education is in everything we do."

Activities this year will include athletics, one-hour mandatory study time for homework, arts and crafts, computer lab, field trips and other activities.

Dillard said the United Way of North Central Florida will be providing free books for the children to take home.

"We're working together to build a foundation for future citizens to be successful," Dillard said. "We need to reach youth while their young."

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