Huntsville City Schools Partners with Appleton to Deliver Fresh New Approach to Extended Learning

Huntsville City Schools' Afterschool Labs to Launch February 3, 2014

December 20, 2013 // Franchising.com // Huntsville, AL – Huntsville Afterschool Labs will launch in Huntsville City Schools February 3, 2014. The District, along with Appleton Learning, will introduce students to a new extended learning experience. The new Program titled Huntsville City Schools' Afterschool Labs will offer students access to fun recreational games, hands-on STEM activities, assistance with homework and studying, tutoring when needed, and popular extracurricular activities.

The Huntsville City Schools Extended Day program currently operates in 19 sites through the District and provides safe and affordable after-school care for roughly one thousand children daily.

"Recently Huntsville City Schools engaged Appleton Learning to evaluate the Program in an effort to identify opportunities for expansion and improvement commensurate with the caliber of educational programs characteristic of Huntsville City Schools," said Joey Vaughn, Interim Director of Extended Learning for Huntsville City Schools.

During the course of the evaluation process, the opportunities that were identified centered around the idea of transitioning the existing Extended Day Program to a true extended learning environment by incorporating fun, hands-on activities, homework and academic assistance, and access to extracurricular activities such as dance, music, and karate.

"After a preliminary evaluation of the existing program and extensive discussions with the school leaders, it became clear that our goal was to identify an effective and innovative way to extend the school day that was both fun for kids and helped improve academic achievement across the district," said Glenn Clayton, Chief Executive Officer for Appleton Learning. "From this mission, the Afterschool Labs Program was born."

Huntsville City Schools' Afterschool Labs Program will leverage the existing facilities and structure provided by the District and the professional instructional services provided by Appleton Learning to deliver the type of afterschool program desired by the parents, students, and school leaders.

"The Afterschool Labs curriculum includes a variety of modules designed to engage students and make learning fun," adds Vaughn. "The program will work with local school administrators to ensure that the school's afterschool offerings are meeting our student's needs."

Huntsville City Schools' Afterschool Labs, powered by Appleton will offer parents and students access to the most cutting edge afterschool experiences available and will enable Huntsville City Schools to become a leader in extended learning.

"We encourage all parents to check out the new HuntsvilleAfterschool.com website to learn more about the program and to register their child or children," said Sarah Morford, Director of Afterschool Programs for Appleton Learning. "We also will be holding on-site registration at current Extended Day sites throughout the month of January. Parents should check the website for those dates," Morford adds.

Parents with a child that is currently enrolled in extended day will need to register them online at HuntsvilleAfterschool.com prior to February 3, 2014. Parents who currently do not have a child enrolled, but would like to learn more about Huntsville City Schools' new Afterschool Labs offerings can also visit HuntsvilleAfterschool.com. Phone inquiries, 256-382-1057. Email inquiries, info@huntsvilleafterschool.com.

About Huntsville City Schools

The Huntsville City School System is one of the premier school districts in the state of Alabama. The HCS school system has 33 Pre-K programs, 21 elementary schools, 8 middle schools, 7 high schools, 5 P-8 schools (2 of which are Magnet Schools: Academy for Academics and Art and Academy for Science and Foreign Language) providing services for more than 23,000 students.

About Appleton Learning

Appleton Learning, an education solutions company, started in Huntsville, Alabama in 2004 as a tutoring company. Over the last several years, Appleton has expanded its roster of professional services to include mobilizing support personnel for periodic or on-going support for substitutes, instructional aides, special education aides, technology aides, teaching assistants, as well as implementing and managing in school, after school and summer instructional programs.

SOURCE Appleton Learning

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