WHITTIER : City Funding Revives After-School Program
City leaders have revived a youth recreation program at a local elementary school, giving dozens of children activities to do after school.
The program, based at Evergreen Elementary School, offers children 7 to 14 sports, storytelling, arts and crafts, field trips, and classes in photography, cooking and first aid. Participants also will be able to check out books from a mobile library provided by the city. There is a $10 enrollment fee.
The financially strapped Boys and Girls Club of Whittier had sponsored the program the last two years, but could not afford to resume it when schools opened in September, officials said.
City council members last month voted to spend $8,000 to revive the Evergreen program for the remainder of the school year. The city sponsors after-school programs at six other schools and parks, at an annual cost of $20,000 per site.
The program, which is expected to serve about 100 students. The activities run weekdays from 2:30 to 5 p.m.