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It's cool after school

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ALBANY,  GA (WALB) –With school back in session many working parents have a hard time finding after-school care for their kids. But the Boys and Girls Club program has help available.

Depending on the school they may come and pick your child up and take them to the club. Now all 10 sites offer meals or snacks for kids.

The kids at the Jefferson site eat things like fried chicken, collard greens and corn bread. But most importantly it's a safe environment where learning takes the front seat.

The boys and girls club after school program has one main focus. "Enrichment," said Director Bob Hutchinson. And they plan to do that in several ways. "Computer labs, media center and we have health education and social recreation programs," said Hutchinson. 

Boys and Girls club after school program has lots of activities for the kids. From basketball, to learning longitude and latitude on the pool table and most importantly the home work enrichment program.

"Sitting down, working with kids, listening to them not doing there homework, but giving them techniques on how to complete that assignment," said Hutchinson. And they say this service is not a baby sitter.

"I wouldn't consider it a baby sitting service It's a service for those parents who need after school care,"  said Hutchinson. On the other hand last year more than 300 kids signed up for there new school work assistance program.

"Over 69 percent of those kids showed an improvement in one class so to me that's showing the effect," said Hutchinson. Other effects include teamwork, creativity and a better out look on life.

Now all this is not free. For transportation from school to the club is $40 a month. And if parents drop off the kids the activity fee is $20 a month.

A new study by the University of California found that regular participation in after school programs is linked to better test scores, work habits and a reduction in behavioral problems.

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