The Lewes After School Program (LASP) is sponsored by the Lewes Presbyterian Church (LPC) and serves children who attend Richard A. Shields Elementary School in Lewes, Delaware. LASP operates at LPC from 3:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. each regular school day. LASP is licensed as an after school program for school age children by the Delaware Office of Child Care Licensing.
The program is conducted by a staff of four who are assisted by a number of community volunteers and resource professionals. Teachers and staff at Shields Elementary School identify students who would benefit from the program. In the 2016-17 academic year 30 students attended the program. LASP provides a variety of experiences for the children as part of their afternoon. The emphasis is on academics with homework help, tutoring and academic enrichment, “Jump Bunch” physical fitness, games and recreation, character development, mentoring, arts and crafts including quilting, art show, music, technology and cultural activities.
There is an active partnership between the school and the after school program. The Shields Assistant Principal and the after school Program Director work together in the referral process. With parent permission, the school provides appropriate student information after the children are enrolled in LASP. The Assistant Principal is a member of the LASP Advisory Committee. The Shields Principal meets periodically with LASP leaders to plan activities and review progress. The school social worker and the Assistant Principal confer with the Program Director about student concerns and appropriate strategies for addressing those concerns.
LASP has achieved success over the last eight years as a 21st Century Community Learning Center program.
The three program goals are:
- Increase academic achievement in reading and math.
- Increase school connectedness (Involvement) of families and children.
- Develop strength of character and positive behavior.
Many of the children reach the goals and virtually all of them demonstrate academic improvement and personal development when participating in the LASP program.
Community volunteers help in assisting the children. Volunteers include:
- LPC church members
- Retired teachers
- LEAP program volunteers
- “Big Brothers/Big Sisters”
- Ocean Wave Quilters
- Other community members
One volunteer translated newsletters, forms, and other printed family information for our Spanish language parents.
Members of the LEAP program (Literacy Education Assistance Pups), both owner and dog, come once a week to engage the children in reading.
LASP is supported by a grant from the 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) program of the U.S. Department of Education through the Delaware Department of Education and in-kind commitment of the members of Lewes Presbyterian Church. Additional financial support includes The 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) program, which has provided the bulk of that support.
LASP has secured sufficient funding to continue in the 2016-2017 school year through funding sources by:
- 21st Century Community Learning Center Program (Delaware Dept. of Education)
- Cape Henlopen School District
- Greater Lewes Foundation
- Lewes Presbyterian Church
- Lewes Rehoboth Association of Churches
For the coming year, a grant from the 21st Century Community Learning Center will provide 50% of the funds needed for the program. We have received commitments from a number of sources to help fund the balance, however, in order to operate the program from May 1, 2017 to June, 2018, an additional $6,000 is needed.
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