GALION - The Galion City Schools, with the cooperation of Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center (MOESC), is excited to announce the launch of the new ROAR Before and After School Program.
ROAR, which stands for Resources, Opportunities, Achievement, and Readiness, is the result of the district’s work with MOESC to secure two 21st Century Community Learning Center (CLC) grants for the Galion Primary and Intermediate Schools, and one for the Galion Middle School. The total of the renewable five-year grant has the potential to bring nearly $2 million to the district specifically for the Before and After School programs.
The district has engaged with several community organizations to partner to provide necessary support to meet the needs of the Galion students and requirements of the grants.
“A key component of the 21st Century grant is the involvement of community partners,” Superintendent Jennifer Allerding said. “We are excited to be working with Galion Public Library for our Elementary programs and the Crawford Success Center for our Middle School programs.”
The ROAR program provides students with opportunities to get additional reading and math help, work on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) projects, and make connections with other students and staff.
“ROAR is designed to give our students the tools they need to be successful in the classroom and the community,” Galion School Social Worker Kirstie Naumoff said. “We have also partnered with the Marion/Crawford Prevention Programs to provide social-emotional learning for our students, and our hope is that students who participate in ROAR will show growth in their learning and become well rounded members of the Galion community.”
The learning taking place in the program is fun, interactive, and hands-on. The Galion City Schools Food Service department provides a snack for all after school students.
“We want to make learning fun and engaging while also providing support for our students,” Galion Middle School Assistant Principal Brian Kinnard said. “We are so thankful to our staff for helping to get this program up and running - we simply could not make this work without our amazing staff!”
Families are responsible for prompt student drop off and pick up. Each building has its own times as follows:
Middle School - M-F 6:10 to 7:10 a.m., M-TH 1:40 to 4:10 p.m.
Intermediate School- M-F 7 to 8 a.m., M-TH 2:40 to 5:10 p.m.
Primary School- M-F 7 to 8:45 a.m., M-TH 3:50 to 5:35 p.m.
With the assistance of MOESC, retired Galion City Schools administrator Dr. Sandra Powell is overseeing both programs for the district.
“We are so grateful that Dr. Powell has agreed to rejoin the district to help develop and implement the ROAR Program,” Allerding said. “She is well known in the community and is doing a great job with our program.”
Families seeking additional information about the ROAR before- and after-school programs should contact their child’s respective school building.