CPS Program Aims to Keep Kids on Snow Days

7 years 2 weeks 4 days ago Monday, November 28 2011 Nov 28, 2011 Monday, November 28, 2011 1:33:00 PM CST November 28, 2011 in News
By: Alex Harrison
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COLUMBIA - The elementary education office was busy Monday working on compiling and sending out the lists for kindergarten through fifth grade students who got into the new Snow Day Club.  The new offering was developed by assistant superintendent Peter Stiepleman.  The idea is to provide a place for elementary students to go on snow days other than expensive day care services for working parents. 

The Snow Day Club will take place at three elementary schools around Columbia: Mill Creek, Derby Ridge and West Boulevard, but any elementary child was eligible to attend.  There are 60 spots at each schools and volunteers will lead four classrooms of 15 students each.  Stiepleman said the school board has already received more applications than there are spots available. 

The club will run similar to school day, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The club will cost $15 per child per day.  The form to sign up for the club was sent to parents with children in elementary school at the Columbia Public Schools.  It was due back to the school board by November 11. 

Stiepleman said families should recieve a letter this week informing them whether or not their child is in the club.  He said the school board choose the students on a first come first serve basis.  He said parents must turn in their deposits by Monday December 5, or their child's spot will be given up to someone on the waiting list. 

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