What are your kids doing between the hours of 3 to 6? About 20 hours a week, your child is out of school while you're at work creating an "after-school gap". Unfortunately, during that time they are more likely to experiment with drugs, alcohol, smoking and sex, but an event right here in St. Joseph County can help with that.
It’s called, Lights on AfterSchool. It’s a nationwide initiative that highlights the importance of after school programming and the need in communities and that includes St. Joseph County.
The Lights on AfterSchool event, hosted by Gibson Insurance, will take place Thursday night from 4 to 6 p.m. at the O.C. Carmichael branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Joseph County located at 502 E. Sample Street in South Bend.
It is an open house event, meaning anyone is welcome to stop by. Kids will be participating in arts and crafts, reading activities, activities in the gym and a few basketball teams will stop by. Along with that, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and South Bend Police Chief Ron Teachman will be there as well.
Jacqueline Kronk is the Director of Mission Advancement for the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Joseph County and says, “We provide a program for these kids that really focuses on academic enrichment, health and wellness, creating things that will allow them to be better versions of themselves but we really like to focus on that academic portion. We have a specific hour known as ‘power hour’ where the kids sit down with tutors and work to extend what they are learning in school at the moment”.
Kronk says if you have a child and want them to be involved at the Boys & Girls Clubs all you have to do is stop by. She says it is only 50 dollars per year. She also says that they are always in need for volunteers. There are opportunities at all levels of involvement, so if you only have an hour to give, you can do that.