October 9, 2003 - Posted at 10:30pm
Students attending the program at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School were excited about hanging out with the players. Laci Chambers, a 4th grade student, said, "Getting their autographs and seeing them up there."
"Just to talk with them and kind of let them know how we got to where we are," explained Brooke Shelby, a senior on the team, "and kind of give them a little bit of advice for the future, so and they respond well."
Shelby explained, "We had about 30 children in our school here and about 30 or 40 at Baldwin Elementary. We had two different ones going on. With the grant, we're gonna be able to serve 100 at this school."
The kids take computer, math and music classes. They get fed and receive help with homework as well as participate in other activities.
"You get to speak Spanish and play games," added Laci Chambers.
Education professionals say not only do parents need to make sure their children have afterschool programs.. but also that those programs meet certain quality standards. "Everything that we look for in a quality program is always based on the developmental needs of children, in that being their physical needs, their social needs, their emotional needs and their cognitive or intellectual needs," said Woodie Sue Herlein, a Director in the ASU Childhood Services Department.