The After School Study Program at Piedmont High is showing results, reports the Boosters Club, which supported the program with a $20,000 allocation earlier this winter.
Staffed by teachers and aides, the program offers direct instructional support in a variety of subjects, gives students computer access along with a quiet place to study.
The Piedmont High School Boosters Club felt this was “an important part of our support of student athletes,” said club President Murray Davis, given that more than 70 percent of Piedmont High and Millennium High students participate in athletics. Accommodating the different schedules of student athletes, the after school program is open from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. and again from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. in the Piedmont High library.
More than 25 students use the program each day, said Piedmont High Principal Randy Booker reported. The program is open to all students regardless of their athletic participation; there are no fees.
There have been coaches sending their teams to the program as a way to reinforce the importance of doing well in school while participating in sports, said Alexandra Manolis of the Piedmont High Boosters.
Manolis said the boosters club, founded in 1978, plan an outreach in the fall to gain more members and represent the diversity of sports in Piedmont.