Middle school students in Juneau get a chance to sample courses in art, music, dance and sports Thursday during Lights On Afterschool. The event celebrates afterschool programs in Juneau as well as highlights the need for more.
Light On takes place at Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School, Floyd Dryden Middle School, and the Zach Gordon Youth Center.
“There’ll be Art Studio, an abstract art course. There’s going to be a Get Rhythm, which is a music course. Students will have an opportunity to try something Yoga-Dojo-Disco and dance fitness,” says Terri Campbell, an afterschool ambassador through the national organization Afterschool Alliance.
Other activities include judo demonstrations and opportunities to connect with adults in a “Her Space” and “Guy Space” activity.
“Our purpose for the Lights On Afterschool event is to engage kids who might not already be involved in afterschool and give them a sampling of some of the afterschool opportunities that they’ll be finding in the coming months at the middle schools,” explains Campbell.
Campbell says afterschool programs provide a safe and supportive environment for middle school students and help working families.
“One of the most dangerous times for our kids is right after school and in Juneau about half of our middle school population is home alone after school.”
The afterschool program for middle school students called B.A.M., or Body and Mind, launched last year and is run by the Juneau Afterschool Coalition. The Coalition formed shortly after federal budget cuts closed the Boys and Girls Club in 2009.
Lights On Afterschool takes place today from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Dzantik’i Heeni and Floyd Dryden and at the Zach Gordon Youth Center from 3 to 6:30. All middle school students are encouraged to attend.
- New signage is being installed at Foodland IGA in downtown Juneau. Store director Rick Wilson anticipates the work will be done Tuesday afternoon.
- The city of Sitka announced Monday, Aug. 29, that the Gavan Hill area, including Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School, may be at risk for landslides. Shannon & Wilson, a Seattle-based geotechnical firm, identified the landslide hazard zones during an assessment of the area.
- As of Monday, the Ketchikan Youth Facility slated for closure had seven kids in it and the Johnson Youth Center had four.
- Concerns focus on how the recent primary election was handled in some precincts.