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Archbold R.O.C.K.S. Before And After School With $348,000 Grant



Because of a $348,000 federal grant administered by the Ohio Department of Education, 60 students in grades 6-8 will be able to get additional help with schoolwork, organizational skills, recreation time, and even snacks as part of Archbold R.O.C.K.S.

R.O.C.K.S. stands for Recreation, Opportunity, Community, Knowledge, and Success.

Michelle Bagrowski, district curriculum director and site coordinator for the program, said R.O.C.K.S. kicks off from 5 to 6 pm, Friday, Oct. 1, with the first full day on Monday, Oct. 4.

The Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center assisted in writing the grant application and will administer the $348,000, which is spread over five years.

The program is targeted to those having difficulty with academic issues and students who are not participating in some of the activities and programs the school offers.

Bagrowski first told members of the Archbold Area School Board about the program during their Aug. 16 meeting, then updated board members again during the Monday, Sept. 13 meeting.

Recommended

Bagrowski said teachers were asked to recommend students who could benefit from R.O.C.K.S. The teachers submitted 130 names.

While the program has room for 60 students, not every student will attend every day, so there is a chance more than 60 will benefit, she said.

Initially, 68 teachers expressed an interest in assisting with R.O.C.K.S., but some have dropped out and others have conflicts. Currently, 44 have been approved by the NWOESC to work in the program.

Bagrowski said Archbold is fortunate, because no other school district with a similar program has as much support from the teaching staff.

“People are fighting over time, because they want to work,” she said.

A R.O.C.K.S. Day

The morning session runs from 7 to 8 am.

During that time, students will get help with homework, a chance to get organized for the coming school day, intervention for areas where the student may be academically deficient, and if their work checks out, recreation time.

The after school portion starts at 3 pm, and goes to 5:30 pm.

Students will spend 15 minutes getting organized and enjoying a snack.

Next are 30 minutes of recreation time, which could be unconventional exercise such as yoga or karate.

That’s followed by 30 minutes dedicated to homework help, and then 60 minutes of “class,” in which teachers or community volunteers could teach on a variety of topics. The afternoon ends with 15 minutes of closing and organization wrapup.

The program, she said, should be “fun, but educational.”

Sponsors

The R.O.C.K.S. program has several business and church partners, including Sauder Woodworking, Farmers & Merchants State Bank, Templo Cristiano, the Junior Achievement Board, and the Outback Youth Center.

While the grant requires the program to provide snacks for the students, grant money many not be spent to purchase them.

Bagrowski said several area churches have agreed to provide nutritious snacks.

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