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Concord schools expand after-school offerings with Boys & Girls Club, YMCA

  • After school group leader Ina Nakuci holds the door open for kids as they file back inside the Christa McAuliffe School after outside play on Thursday, May 1, 2014.  Concord School District, the Concord Family YMCA and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Concord will expand after school programming in the 2014-15 year. The after school programs are currently operating at two of the city's five elementary schools. Next year, they will expand to include all five schools.<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    After school group leader Ina Nakuci holds the door open for kids as they file back inside the Christa McAuliffe School after outside play on Thursday, May 1, 2014. Concord School District, the Concord Family YMCA and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Concord will expand after school programming in the 2014-15 year. The after school programs are currently operating at two of the city's five elementary schools. Next year, they will expand to include all five schools.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Camryn Champagne laughs while hanging out on the playground at the Christa McAuliffe School on Thursday, May 1, 2014 during the after school program. Concord School District, the Concord Family YMCA and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Concord will expand after school programming in the 2014-15 year. The after school programs are currently operating at two of the city's five elementary schools. Next year, they will expand to include all five schools.<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Camryn Champagne laughs while hanging out on the playground at the Christa McAuliffe School on Thursday, May 1, 2014 during the after school program. Concord School District, the Concord Family YMCA and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Concord will expand after school programming in the 2014-15 year. The after school programs are currently operating at two of the city's five elementary schools. Next year, they will expand to include all five schools.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Kids hang out on the playground at the Christa McAuliffe School during the after school program on Thursday, May 1, 2014. Concord School District, the Concord Family YMCA and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Concord will expand after school programming in the 2014-15 year. The after school programs are currently operating at two of the city's five elementary schools. Next year, they will expand to include all five schools.<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Kids hang out on the playground at the Christa McAuliffe School during the after school program on Thursday, May 1, 2014. Concord School District, the Concord Family YMCA and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Concord will expand after school programming in the 2014-15 year. The after school programs are currently operating at two of the city's five elementary schools. Next year, they will expand to include all five schools.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • One of the late afternoon options during the after school program at the Christa McAuliffe School is an activity called Freeze Dance, seen here on Thursday, May 1, 2014, where music is played and kids are allowed to dance while paying attention to freeze when the music stops. Concord School District, the Concord Family YMCA and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Concord will expand after school programming in the 2014-15 year. The after school programs are currently operating at two of the city's five elementary schools. Next year, they will expand to include all five schools.<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    One of the late afternoon options during the after school program at the Christa McAuliffe School is an activity called Freeze Dance, seen here on Thursday, May 1, 2014, where music is played and kids are allowed to dance while paying attention to freeze when the music stops. Concord School District, the Concord Family YMCA and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Concord will expand after school programming in the 2014-15 year. The after school programs are currently operating at two of the city's five elementary schools. Next year, they will expand to include all five schools.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Kids follow along during a stretch period in the afternoon boot camp at the Christa McAuliffe after school program on Thursday, May 1, 2014.   Concord School District, the Concord Family YMCA and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Concord will expand after school programming in the 2014-15 year. The after school programs are currently operating at two of the city's five elementary schools. Next year, they will expand to include all five schools.<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Kids follow along during a stretch period in the afternoon boot camp at the Christa McAuliffe after school program on Thursday, May 1, 2014. Concord School District, the Concord Family YMCA and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Concord will expand after school programming in the 2014-15 year. The after school programs are currently operating at two of the city's five elementary schools. Next year, they will expand to include all five schools.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • After school group leader Ina Nakuci holds the door open for kids as they file back inside the Christa McAuliffe School after outside play on Thursday, May 1, 2014.  Concord School District, the Concord Family YMCA and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Concord will expand after school programming in the 2014-15 year. The after school programs are currently operating at two of the city's five elementary schools. Next year, they will expand to include all five schools.<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Camryn Champagne laughs while hanging out on the playground at the Christa McAuliffe School on Thursday, May 1, 2014 during the after school program. Concord School District, the Concord Family YMCA and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Concord will expand after school programming in the 2014-15 year. The after school programs are currently operating at two of the city's five elementary schools. Next year, they will expand to include all five schools.<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Kids hang out on the playground at the Christa McAuliffe School during the after school program on Thursday, May 1, 2014. Concord School District, the Concord Family YMCA and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Concord will expand after school programming in the 2014-15 year. The after school programs are currently operating at two of the city's five elementary schools. Next year, they will expand to include all five schools.<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • One of the late afternoon options during the after school program at the Christa McAuliffe School is an activity called Freeze Dance, seen here on Thursday, May 1, 2014, where music is played and kids are allowed to dance while paying attention to freeze when the music stops. Concord School District, the Concord Family YMCA and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Concord will expand after school programming in the 2014-15 year. The after school programs are currently operating at two of the city's five elementary schools. Next year, they will expand to include all five schools.<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Kids follow along during a stretch period in the afternoon boot camp at the Christa McAuliffe after school program on Thursday, May 1, 2014.   Concord School District, the Concord Family YMCA and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Concord will expand after school programming in the 2014-15 year. The after school programs are currently operating at two of the city's five elementary schools. Next year, they will expand to include all five schools.<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

Two area nonprofits will expand on-site after-school programs next year to all five of Concord’s elementary schools.

The Concord Family YMCA and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Concord will add to existing programs at Christa McAuliffe and Beaver Meadow elementary schools. Starting next year, the Boys & Girls will run a program at Mill Brook and Broken Ground schools, while the YMCA will offer after-school programming at Abbot-Downing School.

Superintendent Chris Rath announced the partnership last week. The organizations rent the space from the district, so the expanded programs will be added at no cost to the district.

“We all see it as a mutual benefit to have the programs on-site,” said Jack Dunn, business administrator for the school district. “Parents will have the opportunity to drop their child off at school, and they know they are at school and safe until they pick them up after work.”

“It creates a continuity of service for the families, in terms of the location. Access and location are important,” said James Doremus, CEO at the Concord Family YMCA.

After-school programming with the Boys & Girls Club launched last year at Christa McAuliffe. The YMCA program at Beaver Meadow is in its first year.

Both the YMCA and the Boys & Girls Club said they will continue to offer after-school programs at their own facilities as well.

“When they asked us if we would consider this, it didn’t really take too much thought. It sounds great and it is a great opportunity,” Concord Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Christopher Emond said.

From the end of the school day until 6 p.m., students will have time for snacking, academic enrichment, art, homework, life skills and physical activities. On snow days and during school vacation, programming will be offered at the YMCA and Boys & Girls Club headquarters.

“We’re working with these children to help them learn how to make increased healthy choices in their life and promote physical fitness and social skills,” Doremus said. The YMCA’s Kydstop Program serves more than 350 students at six Concord-area schools, Doremus said. “It provides terrific supervision and a lot of different kinds of programming and activities that can help them learn how to make healthy choices in their life,” he said.

About 100 students are enrolled in the Christa McAuliffe program, Emond said. “The minute we started enrolling kids it took off. The first year we had 50 students on the first day of school.”

Program costs are determined on a sliding scale. Financial assistance is available. For more information, contact the Boys & Girls Club at 224-1061 or concordkids.org and the YMCA at 228-9622 or concordymca.org.

(Iain Wilson can be reached at 369-3313 or iwilson@cmonitor.com.)

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