Arts & Smarts After School Begins Again

We’re gearing up for the new school year at Patchwork!

What impact does our after school programming have?

Just last week, a woman who works in the community came to meet with us so she would better understand all the services Patchwork provides. She was impressed with all that we do. As she was leaving, she mentioned that she had been to Patchwork before, but it had been many years. She had spent a year caring for her grandchildren and had decided to bring them to our Arts & Smarts program after school.P1430218

“There was an art sale around Christmas? Right? The kids make nativity sets, sell them, and get a paycheck?” she said. “Well, my grandson made a big nativity set when he was here. It was the featured nativity set at the sale, and it was so nice it sold before I even got a chance to see it!”

The woman credited Patchwork’s Arts & Smarts program with sparking her son’s interest in art and with recognizing his talent. She said that after his year at Patchwork he continued to build on his interest in art. Now he’s in college and studying art in Indianapolis!

Whatever your child’s interest, we work to acknowledge and support it in the Arts & Smarts program. We provide academic support through our tutoring program and adults who encourage every child to value school and to do their best. We teach youth how to be good role models for younger children.

How to enroll or volunteer:

Tutoring for grades 1-5 starts on September 6 (the day after Labor Day), and Dixie is accepting registration forms and setting the schedule now. You can find the forms on our website, stop by our main office, or give us a call and we’ll send you one.

To meet the demand, Dixie, our Tutoring Coordinator, needs volunteers to tutor. Tutoring sessions P1430249are offered Monday-Thursday. Each day, the first tutoring session begins at 3:20 and the second one begins at 4:15. You can tutor multiple times or just one session per week. Tutors are asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of their tutoring session to give them time to prepare for their students. If you are interested in volunteering, please complete a volunteer registration form and (for volunteers over age 18) a background check form.

Leadership training for youth in grades 6-12 also begins on September 6. Participants will learn how to be good leaders and about their roles as Junior Leaders and High School Volunteers. They will also get to do some special projects aimed at older participants. Hours are 2:45-5:00, Monday-Thursday. Registration forms are available on our website: http://www.patchwork.org and in our main office. Questions can be directed to Jane, the children’s program director.

Children in grades 2-5 will be able to join all of our after school activities on September 22. We’ll have a big party that day with special guests.

Call us at 812-424-2735 if you have any questions!

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