New After-School Program Available For Barnstable Sixth and Seventh Graders

HYANNIS –A new after-school program has been launched for sixth and seventh graders by the Barnstable Recreation Commission.

The Barnstable Intermediate School students will be able to go to the Hyannis Youth and Community Center and use the facility for free.

The program, which runs from 2:30-5:30 p.m. on full school days, is designed to mentor at-risk youth and is open to all students in the sixth and seventh grade.

“It really is, with great pleasure, that we have this opportunity to give to the youth in our town and our parents who desperately need a place for their gives that is safe,” said Barnstable Recreation Director Patti Machado.

The students will be bussed to the Community Center, where staff will be there to meet them.

Program activities include homework assistance, gym activities, game room tournaments and a snack.

One police officer will be on duty and there will be center staff to help administer the program.

“This will give parents an opportunity to know that their kids go to a safe place where they’ll get a nice program,” said Machado.

By JUSTIN SAUNDERS, CapeCod.com Newscenter

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