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SALINEVILLE — The Tribe Time before and after school program is open to Southern Local students for fun and learning.

Led by Aubrey Bach and Jamie Mitchell of the A&J Kiducation Learning Center LLC in Wellsville, the program is now in its second year at SLES and sessions are available for students in the school library from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. 6 p.m. About 20 children from kindergarten through 12th grade participate, but Bach said there’s always room to grow.

“This year is going to be much bigger. We offer a multitude of activities and will host a themed club in the afternoon. she says. “We’ve had Lego nights and movie nights and are planning a luau and pizza night. We have a calendar for parents to let them know what they are.

Tribe Time was created when the district partnered with Kiducation leaders to provide a program for students. From now on, two sessions are offered each day of the week. Children can participate in morning sessions for homework help and hands-on activities until their lessons start, while afternoon sessions continue with themed events for extra fun. Attendance currently averages 10 to 13 children per day, with Erin Smith serving as head teacher and Kayla Terdina acting as assistant teacher.

Southern Local and Kiducation officials work with families during the registration process to develop a transportation plan, but families can travel on their own if they wish. Costs are $5 per session or $40 per week and $100 per month unlimited and may be covered by the Columbiana County Department of Employment and Family Services Assistance Program if they are eligible, but children do not need to attend all week. Bach said Southern Local staff members can also enroll their children in the program for free as a thank you for welcoming Tribe Time into the school community. All they have to do is follow the process of registering for the services.

“We also just received our star rating and will soon be able to access county assistance, and we will also have financing options for those who pay themselves to meet their needs,” she noted.

For more information, contact Bach at 330-853-6390 or Mitchell at 330-383-7860.




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