ALLEGANY – In the gymnasium at the Fourth and Maple Complex in Allegany, a group of children were throwing balls and playing, while in a nearby hallway, another group of children received extracurricular help with their homework.
A third group created Valentine’s Day cards in another room.
Danielle Nugent, new part-time supervisor of Allegany’s recreation department, said after-school activities, which include a crafts program on Tuesdays, are available from 2:45 p.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays for kindergarten children. in the seventh year. Nugent said the cost per day for a child is $ 2, or $ 30 per month.
Nugent, who has been a supervisor for less than a year, said the department has made several changes over the past year.
She said the after-school program is affordable for parents who need to babysit their children during those hours.
A plus for the program is the availability of Saint-Bonaventure University students who attend the afternoon sessions to provide homework help to the children. Nugent said a number of parents have shared how it helps ease the responsibility of children and adults doing homework during the evening hours at home.
Nugent said that in addition to the St. Bonaventure students, the program has eight staff members, including herself, who monitor each room. A person at the reception in the hallway also checks the entry and exit of students in the building.
“We have a lot of staff, we just want it to work safely,” Nugent noted.
Other activities at the resort include a skating program on Fridays from 6:20 p.m. to 7:20 p.m. for children in Kindergarten to Grade 3; and from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. for an all-skate program for families.
The cost is also $ 2 per person.
“It’s all $ 2 here, that’s an easy number,” Nugent said with a laugh.
She said staff member Char Cleveland runs the craft programs, which provides all of the materials for the projects.
It was noted that children who wish to bring snacks to the program are welcome to do so, or can purchase them at the facility.
For more information on the program, or to register a child, contact Nugent at 307-2940.