Harrisonburg After School Program Still Growing

Officials with Harrisonburg City Schools say their new after school program is far exceeding their expectations.

Five schools participate in the free after school program, and they say 50 to 150 kids show up at each location every day.

They say they didn't expect turnout to be so high, but they attribute it to kids enjoying the program and getting other friends involved.

With cuts to other after school programs in the area, officials say this isn't necessary, but it is needed.

"You know, there are a lot of kids who go home to empty houses, go home to TV sets, go home and at times get in trouble. Anytime you can extend the school day, it helps the child and it also helps the schools and it helps the community," says Craig Mackail, director of operations and community outreach for Harrisonburg City Schools.

Mackail says they have about 50 volunteers for the five programs, mainly students in education programs at James Madison University, Eastern Mennonite University or Bridgewater College.

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