After-school program continues to grow

An after-school program for students has catered to more than 1,400 children since its inception in 2011. 

The initiative, known as the Extended After School Program, began in April 2011 with 60 children registered. Since then, the program has grown considerably to provide extra-curricular activities for primary and secondary school students between the hours of 3 and 6 p.m. 

To keep the initiative going, sponsors in the local community have been helping to fund it. 

The Rotary Club of Grand Cayman Sunrise recently donated $5,000 to the program. 

Michael Myles, program coordinator for at-risk youth for the Ministry of Education, who accepted the check on behalf of the program, said that sustainability is the main priority for the after-school program.  

“We need sponsorships in order to ensure that this program lasts and to ensure that we can expand the program to encompass more children,” he said. 

A spokesperson for Rotary Sunrise said the organization understands the value of a program in which children can be mentored and learn new skills through safe and organized activities.  

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Michael Myles, center, from the Ministry of Education, accepts a donation from Youth Services Director Donald Aitken, left, and Community Services Director Finley Josephs.
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