After-school program may soon begin for kids in motels
Mar 10, 2013 (Daily Press (Newport News - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
NEWPORT NEWS -- Newport News Public Schools is working on a new program that will provide after-school activities for kids who live in hotels and motels.
The division currently has about 235 students living with their families in hotels, a number that has increased in recent years, said Jane Moreland, the division's dropout recovery coordinator. Moreland said she hopes the program will help make up for the space and safe play areas most hotels lack.
She said that two years ago, she started asking herself, "Will there ever be a day we could do something to better the lives of kids living in motels "
Moreland works at the South Morrison Family Education Center, where there is a Parks and Recreation after-school program.
Moreland said kids in the new program would be bused from their schools to the center for recreational activities, homework help and a snack, then dropped off at the motel where they reside. She said she'd like to expand the program to allow kids to use the Newport News Public Library and its computer center housed at the facility, but that will require funding for a security guard to stay later at night.
Moreland said she's working on connecting with parents to judge the level of interest and is arranging for an activities bus to provide the transportation. Once those details are ironed out, she said, the program can get started.
"If I have (just) five kids, I'm going to do it," she said.
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