Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

February 22, 2013

After-school program on target for students

By SHELLEY SMITH
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW —

Ryan Cyr, seventh-grader at Barren County Middle School, pulled back the strings on his bow; the arrow went zipping through the air to land on the target set up in the cafeteria. Archery is something he happens to be very good at and something he can also enjoy at BCMS’s after-school program, Trojan Extreme.

“It’s something I like to do,” Cyr said. “My dad taught me.”

Eighth-grader CeLena Gentry said she enjoys archery because it gives her a chance to clear her thoughts and relax after a long day of school.

Trojan Extreme offers a variety of after-school opportunities from after-school tutoring to a small engine repair class. The classes have been provided for the past four years by the 21st Century Grant.  

After-School Program Coordinator Gary Gardner said the classes give students a connection to the school.

“It’s a proven statistic nationwide that students are more likely to get in trouble in the hours of 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.,” he said. “This program helps keep 300-some kids busy.”

Gardner argues the program also does so much more than just keep kids busy, but also gives a chance to improve on math and science test scores, which was a goal of the program to improve those particular test scores.

“Everything we do we sneak in math, science and technology,” Gardner said.

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