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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 23, 2014

After school program starts in Brighton

Sep 20, 2013

In cooperation with Brighton Horizons, Washington County Extension is pleased to announce the third year of the Brighton after school program – the Brighton Bear Cub Club. This name honors the past Brighton Bears and the current young ‘cubs’ of the Brighton community.

Washington Community Schools’ professional development days leave many afternoons open for youth. Brighton Horizons saw this to be a need for Brighton youth who would be in the community, some alone, for two extra hours without supervision. The Brighton Bear Cub Club will provide a safe, supervised, educational and fun environment for Brighton youth

Brighton Horizons will fund much of the program, however, enrollment fee will go toward the cost of materials as well. Scholarships are available for families upon request. Brighton Horizons wants any youth interested to be able to participate and will help fund those in need. The program is designed for kindergarten to third-grade students; however, fourth-graders and above are welcome to join as mentors and volunteers.

The Brighton Bear Cub Club will meet at the Brighton Community Building from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on the 1:10 p.m. early-out professional development days for Washington Community Schools. The program will start in October and be held on each of the Professional Development 1:10 p.m. dismissal days. Students should be registered by Oct. 1 for the start of the program on Oct. 9. Forms are available at the Brighton Community Building and the Washington County Extension Office.

An afternoon session may include games, crafts, books, tours of Brighton businesses with job explorations, money lessons, science experiments, and more. A healthy snack will be provided each week with curriculum titled Pick-a-Better Snack encouraging youth to add more fruits and vegetables to their daily eating habits.

Brighton Horizons and ISU Extension are still looking for volunteers to help with the program. Please contact the Washington County Extension Office if interested in volunteering or for enrollment forms at 319-653-4811.

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