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After-school program offers more to learn

When the bell rings at the end of the school day at Christel House Mexico (CHMX), the learning doesn’t stop. More than 360 kids (over half the school’s students) stay to participate in a variety of after-school programs.The after-school hours give struggling kids a chance to get remedial support in English, Spanish or Math. For others, it’s a time to participate in soccer, basketball, yoga, music, dance, art, chess or robotics. Twelve teachers and staff supervise the students. Macario Zamora, after-school coordinator, says the program keeps kids off the streets and gives them the chance to develop new skills. “Students can learn something they can’t access in their communities, like playing a musical instrument.” Veronica A., a fifth grader, appreciates the after-school one-on-one lessons with teachers. “I learn and better understand the subjects,” she says. Veronica’s mom also approves. “I’m very grateful with the attention she receives after-school,” she says.


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