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ASAP Hoopin' It Up with Basketball League

A Long Middle School student shoots a jumper over a Fanning Middle School defender during a tough and competitive game.Thanks to a partnership with the St. Louis Rams, ASAP after school progams in St. Louis Public Schools are getting the opportunity to show off how they ball in a competitive and fun environment.

The district-wide SLPS/DCSPORTS Middle School Basketball League provides students the chance to play competitive games against other students.

Student basketball players and cheerleaders who earn acceptable grades also are given school uniforms, which are provided by the Rams. The teams are coached by after school site directors who teach fundamentals of the game as well as teamwork, dedication, and hard work. More so, all student-athletes who make the grade in the classroom get the opportunity to play or cheer!

The league ends in early March, but there is still plenty of competitive games left between the after school programs.

Stay tuned for more photo galleries of this exciting league!

2011-2012 Schedule

Photo Galleries:
Long Middle School vs. Fanning Middle School
Langston Middle School vs. Long Middle School

ASAP Drumline Helps Keep Hanrahan Students in Step

Nicholas McDowell, Drum Instructor and Site Director at Hanrahan Elementary, teaches after school students specific notes to play.James A.R. Nelson, a 12-year-old 5th grader at Hanrahan Elementary, has aspired to play the snare ever since he first heard the sounds of drums in his church choir.

“When I was little I liked the sound of the church drums,” he said. “I have wanted to play ever since.”

Since 2008, the ASAP after school program at Hanrahan Elementary School (operated by Provident, Inc.) has given the opportunity for their students to be involved in an afterschool drumline program. The drummers range from nine to 13 years old, all from the Jennings School District. Together since this past January, the drummers “really look forward to drumline practice and have really worked hard this year,” said Nicholas McDowell, Drum Instructor and Site Director at Hanrahan Elementary.

The program has worked with over 150 students from Hanrahan Elementary and Gary Gore Elementary “teaching them respect, leadership, camaraderie, and the basics of musicianship,” according to McDowell. Currently, there are 12 students, among them eight new faces this year

"Memorandum of Agreement" Signed to Outline Management Duties of ASAP

From left to right: Wendell E. Kimbrough, ARCHS' CEO, Rose Anderson-Rice, St. Louis for Kids Exec. Director and John Windom, SLPS, Exec. Director of Community Ed.On October 12, 2011 a new "memorandum of agreement" was signed by Area Resources for Community and Human Services (ARCHS), St. Louis for Kids, and St. Louis Public Schools that outlines the management duties for the After School for All Partnership (ASAP).

The agreement details the strategic management and operating duties of each organization with ARCHS providing financial, provider contract, reporting/data, technical support, evaluation, and fund raising management services; St. Louis for Kids providing technical assistance and professional development expertise; and SLPS providing classroom space, transportation, and staff liaisons.

ASAP's 42 programs are hosting a variety of fun and educational activities to showcase the importance of after school throughout the year. Watch for updates and pictures.

ASAP Highlighted in National Report

ASAP is proud to be to be one of 27 after school programs profiled in a national report on innovative after school efforts issued by the National League of Cities. ASAP is led by ARCHS, St. Louis for Kids, and Saint Louis Public Schools - providing free after school services to more than 4,000 area students.

Furthermore, ASAP was specifially one of five after school programs mentioned in the report's Executive Summary: "St. Louis, Mo., where the mayor's vocal support for after school has bolstered and drawn attention to the St. Louis After School for All Partnership's success in creating 3,200 new program slots for children and youth."

To read the report, click HERE.