Project Washkon

21st Century Community Learning Centers

"To Succeed in Life"

Walthill Public School

Telephone: 402-846-5432/402-846-5903

Little and Main Streets, P. O. Box 3C

Walthill, NE 68067

FAX: 402-846-5029

Jill Anderson, Coordinator
Jessica Heller, Coordinator

Many people view the Project Washkon Program as just an after school program. However, Project offers much more than that. Our after school program is without a doubt the most visible portion of Project, although the program has ties with many other area programs and partners.

The program consists of two classes, those being a required tutor hour and cultural and/or enrichment class. Students select their enrichment classes through a registration process. Both certified teachers and community members teach enrichment classes. These classes may include; sewing, cooking, sports, shawl making, meteorology, photography, gymnastics, native crafts, outdoor discovery and many more. A variety of classes are offered, although it depends on what time of year it. For example, many outdoor classes are offered in the fall and spring and indoor activities in the winter months.

The program runs Monday through Thursday from 3:25 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and is available to Kindergarten through 12th graders. Students participating in the after school program must come to the lunch room directly following the school day. A nutritious snack and drink are provided each day from 3:25 to 3:45. Following snack, from 3:50 to 4:10 students are given the opportunity to unwind from the school day and head outside or to the gym for recess. And lastly, from 4:15 to 5:20 students then are split up into groups for their enrichment/cultural classes. Students are then dismissed at 5:25 and transported home.

Project also organizes weekend fieldtrips for enrolled students. Students must have excellent attendance and behavior while participating in after school programming in order to attend fieldtrips.

In addition to employing certified teachers and enrichment staff, Project also includes a Youth Mentor program. High school students are encouraged to apply to work for the program, and if selected assist teachers and staff with classes and fieldtrips. Youth Mentors must be passing all classes, sign a waiver stating they will be drug and alcohol free, as well as serve as positive role models at school and within the community.

Further more, Project Washkon is also in charge of running the Summer School program at the school. Project Washkon Summer school consists of academic and enrichment classes. High school and junior high students are also given the opportunity to earn class credits towards graduation. Academic classes generally take place in the morning and enrichment classes take place in the afternoon. Students must attend the academic portion of summer school to participate in afternoon enrichment classes. Students are also given the opportunity to attend several fieldtrips during the summer school session.

Lastly, Project Washkon not only works in collaboration with the school, but also the community. Project works closely with Weed and Seed activities for youth, Rainmaker, and Red Road are some of the programs that we are partnered with. In addition, staff members are actively involved in community organizations, such as Citizens for a Safe Town, Neighbor Hood Watch and Community Response Teams. This allows Project Washkon to work with students both in and out of the schools.

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