Lee Saborio, program director for the Saline Area Schools’ Before and After Care program, has been with the school district for many years and has seen these community programs change over time. He gave a presentation on the current state of the Before and After Care program and the district’s summer camps at the April 10 meeting of the board of education.
The Before and After Care program is open from 6:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. at all elementary school locations, serving around 165 students every morning and around 200 on average in the afternoon. The programs employ 28 staff and serve more than 500 families over the course of the school year. The after-school portion of the program is near capacity at two of the elementary schools.
Saborio noted that the summer camp program was moved to Pleasant Ridge Elementary starting in summer of 2017, and 30 staff members served about 90 children per day last year.
“It’s great being in an elementary place when you’re working with elementary kids,” he said, noting that a lot of amenities that elementary-aged pupils need are already in place, such as the gymnasium and art room.
Staff has already been planning 10 field trips and special weekly themes for summer 2018. Some of the themes include “Fun in the Sun,” “Stars & Stripes,” “Magic in the Air” and “Mad Science.”
Saborio said that the number of kids participating has gone up year to year, but the most dramatic change he has seen in the program over the decades includes the understanding of licensing and rules for these kinds or programs.
He said he’s been involved with the program long enough that he has seen kids grow up and have kids of their own who participate in some of these community education programs.
Supt. Scot Graden called Before and After Care “a program that provides great value.”