Northwest NEWS

June 17, 2002

School

After School Enrichment Program partnership brings positive results

WOODINVILLE - A partnership between the City's Parks and Recreation Department, the Northshore School District Swingshift Family Resources, Woodin Elementary School, and Northshore Youth and Family Services to begin the After School Enrichment Program (AEP) at Woodin Elementary has seen positive results since its inception in January 2002. Program goals to increase self-esteem and decrease the growing "latch-key kid" population, along with providing positive life skills were accomplished through after school programming offered to all grades. Additional program support was given by Swingshift Family Resources who provided nutritious snacks and bus transportation and from a Windemere Real Estate grant for scholarships.
   On June 3 the Woodinville City Council viewed a presentation about the program. AEP participant, Jade Nowakowski, provided a commentary of the program and participants in the "Rhythm and Movement" class performed a dance. (Members include Tabi Alverson, Melissa Buus, Javier Rael Cara, Kyndal Carter, Adolfo De Dios Jr., Sarah Dillenbeck, Ayush Singh, and Andrew Smalley) Many positive comments were received including Councilwoman Wiederhold stating, "This is a good program. We need to work to ensure continued support from the school district and investigate other community and business partners in order to keep these kids engaged during after school hours so they won't be home alone."
   For more information, contact Dawn Goodner at (425)398-3927 Ext.2239.