After being in existence for 10 years, the after-school program in Fairview has a new home.
Jenny Schriver, grant director for the Warrior After School Program, said that students are now attending at Fairview school’s former weight room and former pre-school building. The program was held inside the school prior to the move.
“We’re excited to have our own area,” Schriver told the Herald.
She said advantages of the new space include that each age group has its own area. Having the program outside of the regular school building is a benefit for both WASP and for school teachers.
“It’s very convenient,” Schriver said.
One change is the spot for picking up the children is now the vo-ag parking lot.
All programs are free to students in grades k-8. Hours of operation are from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays.
“It’s free because it’s all paid for with a federal grant that the state determines,” Schriver said.
Enrollment in the program is 105 students and the average daily attendance is 40 students. A six-week summer program for students in grades k-6 is also offered.
Staff members include site coordinator Nikki Schriver, activities coordinator Ivana Lunstad, activities coordinator Sarah Manuel and activities coordinator Karrie Lorenz. There are also high school aides.
Jenny Schriver thanks Debbie Dahl who provided cooking instruction to the students for many years but has decided to leave the program. “Debbie was amazing,” Schriver said.
Instruction includes academic enhancement, crafts, STEM technology and fitness.
Homework and tutorial time is from 5-5:30 p.m. each day. A family night is also a feature of the program.
Schriver notes that the Fairview Community Foundation has donated a 3-D printer and paint to the club. She also thanks District II Drug and Alcohol, Powder Keg and Double Barrel for contributions.
The Warriors After School Program is a 21st Century Community Learning Center. The Montana 21st Century Community Learning Centers provide opportunities for academic enrichment during non-school hours in a community learning center environment. For more information about the program, call 478-0576.