Programs keep students busy when school day ends

Cove Herald/Holly Wise - The Coryell County Boys and Girls Club is open weekdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and provides kids with educational and entertainment activities after school.

By Holly Wise

The Cove Herald

Community after-school programs give parents the peace of mind to know that when the last school bell rings, their children will be provided entertaining and educational activities.

The Boys and Girls Club of Coryell County shuttles students from the Copperas Cove Independent School District's elementary schools to the club at 1306 S. Farm-to-Market Road 1116. Eighty children are registered for the service, said Boys and Girls Club of Coryell County Director Allison Shopbell.

The club is open from 3 to 6 p.m. on weekdays to accommodate the after-school program, which includes Homework Club, Drama Matters, Money Matters, Smart Moves and Thursday's Kids in the Kitchen, a class designed to teach kids how to make after-school snacks.

Shopbell said the club focuses on education, one of the pillars of the Boys and Girls Club.

"We try to be active in every aspect of the kids' academics," she said.

"After soccer or basketball practice, the parents want to get their kids home," Program Director Devona Williams said. "Homework should be done."

On Fridays the kids are treated to a movie and popcorn at the club. They also participate in holiday parties. Shopbell said she has a lot of community support and always welcomes donations. During the school year, she said, the club is in need of snacks.

The Armed Services YMCA of Copperas Cove provides in school after-school programs at the elementary schools in the Copperas Cove Independent School District. ASYMCA Director Doreen Vasseur said they recently opened a program at Taylor Creek Elementary School in Lampasas.

Vasseur said the ASYMCA staff uses the school cafeterias and sometimes classrooms to help students with homework, provide a snack and activity. Students also spend time playing outside.

Gymkix also provides transportation to its facilities at 815 E. U.S. Highway 190 for its after-school program. Children enrolled in the program participate in "fitness, fun and free" time, are served snacks and assisted with homework.

For more information, call (254) 542-2600.

Vasseur said parents could register their children by visiting the ASYMCA office in Copperas Cove at 501 Clara Drive.

Shopbell said spaces are still available on the shuttle buses for J.L Williams/Lovett Ledger, Mae Stevens, Hettie Halstead and Fairview/Miss Jewel Elementary schools. Parents must pre-register by calling the Boys and Girls Club of Coryell County at (254) 547-5578.

Contact Holly Wise at or by calling (254) 501-7474. Follow her on Twitter at KDHCoveEditor.

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