The After School Education and Safety Grant (ASES) makes it possible for Gridley elementary  students to spend extra time with their friends, while enjoying disguised learning activities, such as Lego Robotics and Fresh Eye Film Work. The ASES grant has been available to Butte County Schools since 2000. Administrator of the Butte County Office of Education After School Program is Julie Jarrett.

The After School Education and Safety Grant (ASES) makes it possible for Gridley elementary  students to spend extra time with their friends, while enjoying disguised learning activities, such as Lego Robotics and Fresh Eye Film Work. The ASES grant has been available to Butte County Schools since 2000. Administrator of the Butte County Office of Education After School Program is Julie Jarrett.

Lisa Byrne manages the curriculum for all 27 school sites in Butte County. This makes it nice for this small school district to pool resources with so many other districts.

"The students are in one club six to eight weeks, then they alternate. They also get to switch their choices of activities. They  have plenty of fun and engaging in activities, so that they would rather be at the school than be at home by themselves, until their parents get home," Byrne explained.

Each day, Wilson School has over 100 students participating in the Monday through Friday program after school until 6 p.m. Teacher Joann Hamman, is the Site Coordinator.

Fresh Eye Film Work is video editing with digital blue cameras making video clips. The students add music and titles. Lego Robotics means they can plug the robots into a computer and program the robot to walk, talk, etc. The students also hold Wii competitions and play rally ball.
Besides fun recreational activities, academics and enrichment time are important to all  of the site coordinators. This is a great draw to the students and helps keep them off the streets after school.

Each site has one staff member assigned to help 20 students.

It is evident, looking at the club picks for the Sycamore After School Program that there are many wonderful, fun activities available to Sycamore students at the end of the school day.
Site Coordinator Teri Fichter, is excited about the many activities available to the students and I'm sure her enthusiasm is infectious to the students.

The afternoon begins with snacks and social time from 3:19 to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, (except Wednesday from 2:15 to 2:30 because of minimum day schedule).

Homework Zone is from 3:30 to 4:15, (except Wednesday from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m.); Daily reflection and free time is from 5:30 to 6 p.m.

On Fridays, Guitar Rocks is offered from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Clubs offered Mondays from 4:15 to 5:30 are: What's Growin' On? In Room 25; Sports Club, on the blacktop or the gym and Lego Robotics (Wednesday only) in the Computer Lab. The Brick Lab is on Monday.

On Tuesday and Thursday from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m.: Game Club/Kid's Challenge in room 25; Sports Club on the blacktop or the gym and Twilight Club in the library.

On Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Scrapbooking is offered in room 25; Computer Club in the Computer Lab and Being an Artist, with the location to be announced.

Drama Rocks will be offered in March, along with Webquest and more fun activities.

The 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament began last week and will be every Friday.

There is an off-site facility at the Butte County Housing Authority, which is coordinated by retired teacher Kathy McKenzie. Students who live there are bused by the Gridley School District. Upon visiting this site, it was evident that the students enjoy receiving McKenzie's help with homework and getting it done and out of their way.

This is a great way to keep the kids active and involved after school where they can have fun and still work on their homework before going home.

It is great to have so many things to do and it is also great that the schools offer such a wonderful program.