THAYER -- The Thayer After School Advisory Council held their first meeting Aug. 30 at the school.
Tommy Lowery serves as coordinator for the program.
Advisory Council officers were elected. They include: Carrie Tucker, president; Shelia Smith, vice-president; Trudy Britton, secretary; and Marie Russell treasurer.
Lowery said the program is called the Thayer 21st Century Community Learning Center. "Our mission is to provide opportunities for well-rounded growth for all students wishing to participate in the program. This is done through the offering of services not readily available to the students during the regular school day," he said.
Lowery said all teachers and community leaders involved in the program believe that every student can learn and experience a well rounded growth in a safe, nurturing environment. "We strive to provide that environment by offering focused activities designed to promote academic, physical and social growth for each student," Lowery said.
He said it is the goal of the program to develop good citizens that are productive, have a healthy outlook on life, and that the students become lifelong learners.
"It is our hope that our program will equip students with the necessary skills to become young adults capable of being competitive in a 21st Century world," he said.
Lowery said this is not the first after school program tried by the the Thayer School District. He said in the past the program, known as Latchkey, has gone through some changes. Last year the program changed to the Thayer 21st Century Learning Center. "This was due to switches in program monies allotted to the school. We are proud to say that there have been positive additions and changes since the switch has occurred. We are looking forward to serving students in the new capacity in the upcoming school year, with many new and exciting activities," Lowery said.
Some of the activities that will be included in the program are: academics, physical education, technology activities, fine arts activities and other activities.
Lowery said the program will be in session Monday through Friday during the normal school year from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. He said the only exception will be on half school days and on days when school is not in session, There will be no after school services those days.
The program is free to all students except those desiring to pick up their students after the 5 p.m. bus runs. Those parents/caregivers will be charged $1 per child, per hour after 5 p.m. If a student is not picked up by 6 p.m. the rate will increase to $3 for every quarter hour. Lowery said these costs are to defray salary expenses not covered by program monies.