A partnership between the Burbank Unified School District and the
Burbank Boys and Girls Club to provide after-school tutoring will be
expanded from one to six elementary schools beginning Sept. 4.
Edison, Emerson, Jefferson, Miller and Stevenson elementary
schools will offer after-school enrichment programs sponsored by the
Boys and Girls Club, including tutoring, basic computer training, and
arts and crafts.
Shanna Vaughan, director of operations at the Boys and Girls Club,
said a pilot program at Roosevelt Elementary School has been so
successful that principals at other schools were flooded with calls
from interested parents.
“Word traveled fast, and more and more signed up,” she said. “At
the end of the school year we had 68 kids.”
As part of the arrangement unanimously approved by the school
board Thursday night, the club will receive the use of three rooms at
each school free of charge. The club, which hires college tutors to
aid students, will only pay for utilities. Each school will be able
to accommodate 65 children for the after- school programs.
Board member Paul Krekorian said the programs make sense because
there is a great need for affordable child care throughout the city.
“What sets this apart is the way the program is tied into the
curriculum of the school,” he said. “The nice thing about this
program is that it’s able to offer some extra services we’d like to
offer the students.”
The cost to parents is $90 per month, per student, plus a
one-time annual fee of $50 to pay for educational materials and
snacks. Children whose parents sign them up for the program will
receive memberships to the Boys and Girls Club.
Vaughan said the club is seeking federal, state and private grant
money to offer scholarships to children whose parents cannot afford
The program will be staffed by college students who are
knowledgeable in various disciplines, as well as volunteers from
colleges, high schools and the Joslyn Adult Center. The after-school
classes begin at 2:30 p.m. and end at 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The program has three components, Vaughan said. The learning
center will offer tutoring, homework assistance, reading programs and
writing classes. In the computer lab center, students can play
educational computer games, while the arts and crafts center
encourages students to express their creativity through various art
In a letter to school board members, Roosevelt Elementary school
teacher Kathy Wills-Sarna praised the Boys and Girls Club for working
closely with teachers to help meet the academic, social and emotional
needs of students.