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Information from GA Pundit- Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield soldiers began Memorial Day observances Thursday. Several Gold Star Families - who like the Bookers have lost a family member to conflictMore >>
Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield soldiers began Memorial Day observances Thursday. In 2013, Georgia lost 26 armed services members who gave their lives for us and their names were read in the State Capitol as part of our observance of Memorial Day.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:01 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:01:21 GMT
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Legal woes are piling up for the leader of Georgia's Democratic Party. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/199UTSo) that a lawsuit filed in Gwinnett CountyMore >>
A lawsuit filed in Gwinnett County this week accuses Mike Berlon of failing to distribute nearly $1 million from a trust he created for a friend and his son.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:45:38 GMT
A Cordele man is out of jail tonight, accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from his former employer. Crisp County Investigators say 25-year-old James Aultman stole more than $10,000More >>
A Cordele man is out of jail tonight, accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from his former employer.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:40 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:40:13 GMT
Albany Police are putting on a free gospel concert this weekend. It's free, but they will accept donations to fund the department's annual community picnic in June. Musical artists from around SouthMore >>
Albany Police are putting on a free gospel concert this weekend.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:35 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:35:30 GMT
A couple of South Georgia mayors attended a forum at the Albany Civil Rights Institute to enlighten the public on how city governments run, Thursday. Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard and Baconton Mayor AnnetteMore >>
A couple of South Georgia mayors attended a forum at the Albany Civil Rights Institute to enlighten the public on how city governments run, Thursday.More >>
October 9, 2006
Americus--Sumter County school leaders say helping kids after regular school hours is an important job.
Today, the district kicked off the "Lights on After School" campaign. It's a nationwide event that celebrates the need for after school programs.
As a school band plays an energetic beat, revved up students demonstrate their support for after school programs.
"I love the program," says Scyjuana Rollen. She is one of the many students enjoying this evening's fun activities.
"This is our first one right here, but we're going to have more in the future," she says.
And while she and others look forward to having a blast, there's more to after school programs than just the events.
After school programs serve as an extension of what's already being taught in the classroom. Students can help on a particular subject, or further develop their social skills by taking part in events.
"You get to meet new people," she says.
Rollen takes part in Sumter County's P.A.S.S program. She meets new people but also receives additional help in her classes.
"If you need help with high school, it's best for you to get in the P.A.S.S program because they can help you catch up with your credits," she says.
"We're very fortunate here to have reading, math, science, health tutorials, we also provide enrichment activities," says Mark Dunaway, the director of Extension Programs. He says these programs build more than just knowledge.
"It gives them that support after hours to learn themselves, to learn more about them, and who are they are, as well as their friends," says Dunaway.
It also keeps students away from trouble.
"It helps keep them off drugs and the streets, it's best for children to be in the after school programs," says Rollen.
The tenth grader plans to stay involved in her program for quite some time.
"As long as I'm in high school," she says. And while she's in school, the district promises to make after school learning fun long after the last bell.
Parents of children in Sumter County's after school program can also take advantage of the services offered. They can receive GED help as well as help searching for a job.