REPORTING · 15th June 2013
The Royal Bank presented the Kildala After School Care Program with a cheque for $20,000 on Friday, May 31st.
“Today we are very fortunate to have a second presentation from the Royal Bank of $20,000, last year and this year as a grant for our before and after school care program,” said Diane Teason. “It’s a grant only for after school care programs.”
The afterschool care programs submit their applications to the Royal Bank and if they meet the criteria, the program gets selected to receive a grant.
The Kildala Afterschool Care Program is run by the Child Development Centre. They rent space from Kildala Elementary School. 38 children are registered in the program, they have a classroom capacity of 24, 2 staff members, one support worker and a volunteer.
“We have about 21 to 24 Daily. They come at 7:00 in the morning until quarter to nine. The school bell rings. They go to class. When the school bell rings at the end of the school day, at 2:45, the children come here until 6 pm, the parent picks them up at the end of their work day,” said Teason.
The children do anti bullying campaign, art projects, promote relationships, friendships, sharing, homework skills, music, interaction with the seniors, healthy snacks and provide a home away from home.
The second recyclable project is an owl made from a piece of driftwood, papier-mâché and pop can tabs. Teason does not know what next years project may be, due to her retiring. She thinks it might be a wishing well.
One of the projects which they put on this year is an anti-bullying campaign. Because the standard do not bully campaign slogan: Don’t Bully, is becoming cliché, they have started a project with a new slogan: Be a Friend.
250 buttons were made for their school and a slide presentation was made to the school assembly. Every child received a button with the slogan on it. Each child is reminded to be a friend before class.
“It’s very easy for an adult to say to a child: ‘see that little girl over there, she’s playing by herself, why don’t you go play with her.’ That’s easy for an adult to say but it’s not always easy for the child to do. To go over and say: ‘Would you like to be my friend.’ It’s really hard sometimes for children to go and approach a stranger,” said Teason. “We feel that if we practice the Be a Friend, there is no opportunities for bullies.”
Teason is retiring this year, but she is proud of all of the work which she has done with the children and she hopes the foundations of the program, the Be a Friend, the Art Projects and many more will continue, grow and become more public while new projects will be added every year.
“It’s a really healthy program for the children,” said Teason. “The Children are only allowed their electronics one day a week, which is Friday. We do old fashioned games, old fashioned crafts, we do crokano, checkers. We keep the children engaged in joining each other in programs, not just the video games.”