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ASAP Students Spread the Love on Valentine's Day

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Did you get a Valentine from a special somebody?

Well, parents of ASAP students at St. Louis the King were lucky enough to have special little Valentines as the kids made cards to celebrate the day! The after school students made Valentine's Day birds and cards to give to their parents, and were eager to go home to share them.

Also, ASAP students at Lexington Elementary celebrated Valentine's Day with a dance party, snacks, and face painting!

The ASAP after school program at St. Louis the King is operated by the YWCA, and the program at Lexington is operated by Provident, Inc.

ASAP Students Play60 with the St. Louis Rams

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ASAP after school sites at Adams Park Community Center, Cote Brilliante Elementary, Dunbar Elementary, Farragut Elementary, and Herzog Elementary were given the opportunity to participate in the National Football League's (NFL) Play60 Campaign with the St. Louis Rams on November 27.

Rams' kicker Greg Zuerlein and linebacker Justin Cole spoke to the ASAP students about the importance of fitness, and even took part in some of the activities with the children!

Play60 is "designed to tackle childhood obesity, and brings together the NFL's long-standing commitment to health and fitness with an impressive roster of partner organizations. In addition to national outreach and online programs, NFL PLAY 60 is implemented at the grassroots level through NFL's in-school, after-school, and team-based programs."

ARCHS and ASAP thanks the Rams for their support!

ASAP Celebrates Lights On After School

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ASAP was proud to be one of 6,000 communities across the nation taking part in Lights On After School. The 13th annual Lights On After School was held October 18 and featured more than 1 million Americans rallying for after school programs.

Dozens of ASAP programs participated in Lights On After School, hosting programs, such as pumpkin carving, board games, science experiments, fall festivals, arts and crafts, and much more!

Click here to see photos from St. Louis The King, Mullanphy Elementary, Bryan Hill Elementary, Ashland Elementary, St. Frances Cabrini Academy, Sherman Elementary, Peabody Elementary, and Froebel Elementary!

ASAP to Celebrate Lights On Afterschool

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This fall, ASAP in St. Louis will join 7,500 communities and one million Americans to celebrate Lights On Afterschool, a nationwide event held on October 18, to rally support for afterschool programs.

Afterschool programs keep kids safe, help working families and inspire learning. ASAP provides free afterschool programming to more than 3,000 area youth.

Watch for future stories and photo galleries showcasing ASAP’s Lights On Afterschool events.

New School Year Brings Attention to Impact of ASAP After School

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Back to school time is in full swing, and making sure students have appropriate after school care is critical to a student's success. In order to get a full picture of student outcomes this past school year, ARCHS surveyed students, their parents, their day school teachers, and after school providers.

ARCHS surveyed students in December (1,617) and in April (1,589) to evaluate the impact of after school programs.  The survey results showed that:

  •     More than 80% of the youth reported improvements in the areas of academic support and enrichment (81.12%), health and recreation (85.33%), social and life skills (81.79%), and character development (81.92%).  In addition, the survey showed re-administration reliability, meaning that the test results were consistent each time they were given.

ARCHS also surveyed parents in December (702) and in April (660) to measure parental perceptions of the after school program and of their children's participation.

  •     94.4% of parents believed that the after school program produced better school day learning and behavior.
  •     95.4% of the parents believed that the after school program offered an opportunity to discuss their child’s behavior.

At the end of the school year, ARCHS surveyed the day school teachers (269) and the after school provider staff (129) to get a picture of how the after school program affected the school day performance and behaviors of the student.

  •     95.6% of the after school staff reported an increase in school day learning and behavior.
  •     83.5% of the day school teachers reported better classroom behavior.
  •     90.3% of the day school teachers  reported an increase in educational outcomes for the after school students.