Providing quality after school programming for children in grades K – 5 focused on literacy, leadership, and building the skills, attitudes, knowledge, and experience that prepare students for the present and the future.
The Haven is an after school program offered during the extended school year at Moulton Extended Learning Center (mid July – May). Daily, The Haven offers literacy enrichment and homework help along with recreation and creative activities for grade-school children. Enrollment is limited to 65 children. Volunteers are needed 3:20 – 5:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and 1:30 – 5:30 pm on Wednesdays. Wednesday Clubs are offered from 3:30 – 4:15 pm to give small groups and opportunity for hands on learning. Volunteers who have a special interest are welcome for a 6 week session with a small group!
The Haven is seen as a safe and welcoming place that promotes learning. During a recent program review, several individuals who were interviewed indicated that The Haven provides a safe place for children while teaching and encouraging them to excel in school. More than one of the kids said they have been kept off the street because of the Haven. A parent said that the Haven is a safe place and she appreciates that it is free and vacations are covered. A volunteer said, “it is literally a haven in that community.” The Haven also fosters a sense of caring about self and community. Volunteers and parents alike consistently remarked that there is a real emphasis on respect for each other and various races, cultures, and religions. “There is a respectful openness for all,” notes one community volunteer.
The programming at the Haven contains vital components that augment the teaching and learning in school. Academic time occurs in the schedule four out of five days of the school week. Recreational time occurs when the academic time is completed. Clubs for enrichment activities are facilitated by volunteers. Throughout the year there are special recreational/community service opportunities. Intentional academic support has been enhanced since 2010 with a Literacy Coach to help make the literacy components of the program stronger and more comprehensive. A noteworthy statistic: data from the 2011-12 school year showed 50% of Moulton students reading at grade level while 80% of The Haven students were reading at grade level. One of the students noted: “I love reading and writing besides playing outside.” Another said, “Before the Haven, I had never been to the woods and never seen a real giant fish in the river!”
My daughter, T’Isis, is 8 years old and in third grade. As a working parent I am grateful for The Haven after school program. Since she has been at the afterschool program my daughter comes home with her homework done. She has met several new friends. The program is a positive and safe environment for her. I enjoy the staff and their ability to work with and teach the children respect, accountability and working as a team to name a few. I am grateful for the afterschool program so I can continue to provide for my daughter and her education. Marie White, Parent
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