"I think all of our parents want a safe place for students to stay after school. This is wonderful for parents who work over and can know their children are not only being provided for, but are getting more of an educational experience," Lee said. "Our students need any extra opportunity we can provide them."
The AFT has funded a community liaison for Mary Snow Elementary for the past three years to help turn around the school.
"We are finally able to bring the structure to what staff and community leaders felt was needed most in the school. There is a lot of absenteeism and tardiness that goes on there. This targets basic skills, homework and other enrichment services," said Judy Hale, president of AFT's West Virginia chapter. "We're trying to get more parents involved in the school and get all parts to work together. We're setting goals, and we want more parents volunteering."
Hale said the need for the program is clear.
"The surprising thing is there's even a waiting list. We want to make sure that all of the children that want this help can have access to it, so we want to provide the teachers and whatever else we can," she said.
The school is also working with University of Charleston students to implement the program and is looking for more volunteers.
Reach Mackenzie Mays at mackenzie.m...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4814.