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After School Explores offer enrichment packs to 100 students

KINGWOOD — The After School Explorers will provide enrichment packets to 100 students enrolled in this year’s virtual after-school program. 

Susie A. Huggins, project director of ASE, said there will be six hands-on activity events held in February with Mikaila Strawser (Miss Micki), the Terra Alta East Preston site coordinator.

She said the events will be two hours long, beginning at 4 p.m Saturday, in the ASE Virtual Hub. Huggins said the students will work on an activity and hear a story together, but will be safely distanced.

On Thursday, she said the story will be Splat the Cat Funny Valentine!  After the story discussion, participants will complete a groundhog craft in celebration of Groundhog Day.

 Huggins said health will be the theme of the Feb. 9 activity.  She said the children will be led through a discussion on body parts and participate in an activity labeling and placing body parts. 

“This is a great science activity for students to learn about their inside body parts that you cannot see,” said Vicki Portzer, site coordinator at West Preston.

On Feb. 11, a Dr. Seuss story will be read —Dr. Seuss’ Lovey Things!  Huggins said Strawser loves Dr. Seuss events and has several activities planned for Dr. Seuss’ birthday in March.  The evening learning event will finish up with creating an “I LOVE YOU” key chain to share with someone on Valentine’s Day.

Huggins said on Feb. 16, participants will tackle a giant poster activity celebrating all things math. 

“Math is like air, it is something we use everyday whether we realize it or not.”  she said. “We time how long we brush our teeth. We schedule our day. We check our gas mileage. We portion our meals. We pay our bills. All of these have something to do with math.”

Feb. 18 will feature story time with Miss. Micki titled, A Snowman for Little Bear  to support the story, Explorers will complete the scratch-a-snowflake activity. 

 For the last event, on Feb. 25 Pete the Cat and his Magic Sunglasses will be the featured story.  Explorers will talk about the Pete the Cat series and Pete’s adventures.  For this activity, kids will need some of their own supplies to color a suncatcher — crayons, markers or paint.

Funding for After School Explorers, a 21st Century Community Learning Center, is provided wholly or in part by a grant from the United States Department of Education under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Title IV Part B, with grant administration carried out by the West Virginia Department of Education.

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