UNION — Students from an after-school program made special projects for local veterans in honor of Veterans Day.
Children in the Save the Children/21st Century after-school program presented hand-made cards to American Legion Post 22 1st Vice Commander Charles Lott on Tuesday at Foster Park Elementary School. Lott said the cards will be displayed on tables at Post 22’s annual banquet, which will be held at 6 p.m. tonight at Veterans Lodge at Foster Park.
The students who presented Lott with the cards were selected by their peers as classroom representatives of the after-school program. Lott also serves as a school mentor at Foster Park Elementary each day, and he also serves as a mentor at Sims Middle School one day per week as well as Jonesville Elementary/Middle School and Union County High School on occasion.
The Save the Children/21st Century after-school program is directed by Tammy A. Garner, and Jackie Johnson assists with the 21st Century portion of the program. Students participate in the program Monday-Thursday, receiving three structured hours of curriculum. They are led through Guided Independent Reading Practice (GIRP) and Read Aloud Vocabulary and Fluency. There are also “healthy choices” activities, as well as the study of grade-level math. A portion of the time also combines snacks and opportunities for homework completion.
On Wednesday, Nov. 18, the program will take students on a field trip named “Books on a Bus,” in which they will travel to McBeth Baptist Church, where the Rev. Freddie Wicker, Jr. is pastor. The trip will focus on emergency preparedness with an emphasis on floods. Garner said this will be a way for the program to reach out to families and the community as a whole.
Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-762-4128 or firstname.lastname@example.org.