Cecil County Parks & Rec Teams Up With CCPS for 'Club Bulldog ' After-School Program
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 27, 2018
NORTH EAST, MD. -- Students at North East Middle School are a little more excited for the school day to end these days. In collaboration with Cecil County Public Schools (CCPS), Cecil County Parks and Rec is now hosting 'Club Bulldog' -- a free after-school program for North East Middle School students.
"Cecil County Public Schools contacted us with the idea of trying out an after-school program at North East Middle and we jumped at the chance," explained Clyde Van Dyke, Cecil County's Director of Parks and Recreation. "The hope is that this pilot program -- Club Bulldog -- will be a success and then possibly for the 2018-19 school year we can develop similar clubs at some of the other middle schools in the county. So far, the response has been phenomenal. We currently have 76 kids registered."
Parks and Rec provides the equipment and staff and organizes the activities, which include board games, karaoke, dodgeball, rockwall climbing, basketball, and even video gaming units in the "DAWG Zone." Students are invited to participate in various activities, do homework, or just hang out. CCPS also provides Club Bulldog kids free snacks in the cafeteria.
Cindy Cantor, Superintendent of Recreation for Cecil County emphasized the program is supervised, but not structured. "We want the kids to let loose and just be kids. The idea is to structure it without it feeling like it's structured and to supervise it without the kids feeling like it's supervised. We started last Tuesday and since then, we haven't shut too many things down. If something turns into a problem, we will address it."
"This is a want to, not a have to," Cantor continued. "Eventually, the newness of it will fizzle and we will get less and less kids, and that's okay. Any after-school option where we can engage this age group is a good option and the number of students showing up represent the need for more and more better options."
Club Bulldog is open Monday through Thursday, from 2:40 PM to 5 PM when school is in session. Students can choose to attend one day or all four. The program is free to all North East Middle School students; however, parents are required to register their kids in advance online at www.cecilrec.org. Transportation is provided by CCPS to community hubs, or parents may choose to pick up their children at the school.
The program is scheduled to run through the end of the school year at North East Middle. CCPS and CCPR will then gauge the success of the club to determine if it is worthwhile and if the funding is available to expand to other schools next year.
Club Bulldog is staffed by local high school and college students -- interested individuals can apply by calling 410-658-3000. For more information on the program, or to register, visit www.cecilrec.org.
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