The Afterschool program begins at 2:30 when the van with Lee M. Waid Elementary School students arrives at the Center. The Sontag Elementary buses arrive between 3:10 and 3:15 and Middle School bus arrives at 3:35. By the time the last bus arrives, there are 55-65 students in the Pennel Building.
Afterschool students are divided by grade level with four classes and 2 teachers in each of the classes. Pre-K – 1, 2nd & 3rd, 4th & 5th, and Middle School classes participate in nutrition, Christian Education, help with homework, and recreation each afternoon. Nutritious food is provided by the USDA, VDOE and Feeding America of Southwest VA, and menus are posted in each classroom. The USDA and VDOE are an equal opportunity providers and employers.
Christian Education in the fall focuses on the stories of the Old Testament. Students spend time studying Creation, Adam & Eve, Joseph, Joshua, and many others as they learn about Biblical life leading up to the birth of Christ. In the spring, Bible stories focus on the life and ministry of Jesus. The summer program has a different theme every year and the stories embody the chosen them. The staff work together to plan the stories and themes for the Afterschool and Summer programs.
We load the 15 passenger vans to take students home at 5:00. Students whose parents do not pick them up live within a three mile radius of the Henry Fork Service Center. By 5:30, all vans are back, the building is cleaned by non-driving teachers, and we’re getting ready for the next day.