After-School Program

By: Candace White
By: Candace White

Each day after school about 14 million children go home unsupervised. That's one reason why the after school assistance program is having a lights on after school event.

Thursday a group of local kids had a blast at the ASAP Building off of Martin Luther King Boulevard. The organization grilled up food and let kids play games like basketball and checkers.

Other organizations like the Boy and Girl Scouts were there to teach as well as entertain kids, but it's more than keeping kids busy after school; it's being there for them. They are mentors for the children. It also gets kids off the streets and in a safe, secure location.

Terri Gainer with the after-school program said, "We're somebody that they can go to when they have problems. We go to the schools when they have problems with their homework, we talk to the teachers. We're trying to be people that are there for them on a daily basis."

Jazzaneqwia Burke said, "We play a lot. We get to know each other. We gets to know the whole people who come here."

If you'd like to get your first grade or older child involved with ASAP, you can stop by their Glenwood complex or the one in the Pana Villa complex. You can also call (850) 784-1014.

8195 Front Beach Road Panama City Beach, FL 32407 Station: 850-234-7777 News: 850-230-5221 Fax: 850-233-6647
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