After School Programs Filled with Opportunities
By Julie Matuszewski; photos courtesy of Brycie Strother DCS Montessori
After school programs are an essential resource for school-aged youth because they support social, emotional, cognitive and academic development. These programs provide a safe, supportive and fun environment for students.
The DCS Montessori (DCSM) After School Programs (ASP) benefits both staff and students. ASP gives teachers an opportunity to share something they love outside of classroom learning while students, preschool to eighth grade, can explore their creativity through a variety of classes such as art and coding, or they can participate in other activities from outside resources, including Soccer Buddies, Starstruck Academy of Dance, KidzArt and Strategic Chess.
Parents can also enjoy the convenience the program provides. They can know their children are in a supervised and safe environment. Snack and social time are provided before classes begin, and the program removes the need for parents to transport their children to similar programs from outside resources.
The DCSM program has expanded to offer a larger number of classes and variety to students. Several classes are available after school each day. Teachers are welcome to teach once a week on a quarterly basis. Teachers like DCSM art teacher Sam Carstens change topics for each session. Carstens has enjoyed offering classes in movie makeup, ceramics and gardening.