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 K-8 After-School Programs Take Center Stage

King-Chavez students dancing ballet folkloricoA well-deserved spotlight was turned toward K-8 expanded learning Monday as students shared what they’ve learned in and love about their After-School Education and Safety programs – better known as ASES. 

The San Diego County Office of Education’s (SDCOE) Expanded Learning team hosted students, parents, educators, district ASES coordinators, and community partners including the Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCA, and The Children’s Initiative, as well as California Department of Education representatives at its first-ever ASES End of Year Celebration. 

“As the father to two girls, these are exactly the things I want my kids to experience in school,” County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Gothold said. “After-school programs like ASES make a difference in students’ lives, showing them a world of possibilities for careers and education.” 

Guests were treated to numerous performances and displays of work. Taking time out of their day to participate in the celebration were performers from King-Chavez Academy of Excellence, America’s Finest Charter School, Montgomery Elementary School in Chula Vista Elementary School District, Museum School, King-Chavez Primary Academy, Mission Elementary School in Oceanside Unified School District, and Granger Middle School in Sweetwater Union High School District. 

“With an event like this, it’s great to be able to show the community what after-school programming is all about,” said Marisa Crawford, after-school program supervisor for Oceanside Unified School District, which has ASES programs at 15 school sites. “Students are learning skills and talents that can take them into future careers. ASES shows students a broader picture of their future.”