Preston County Youth Center looking to launch after-school programming

February 11 – KINGWOOD – The Preston County Youth Center wants to help parents spend more quality time with their children in the evenings.

“We take care of the part of their homework and just the care, so the parents can still work,” said manager Glenn Larew. “And then their parents can pick them up at 6 p.m., which is a more reasonable time for working parents to pick up their kids. And they will have already been fed and hopefully their homework done so they can have a better family time in the evenings.”

On Wednesday, Deputy Superintendent of Schools Brad Martin released a survey asking parents of students at West Preston and Preston High School if they would be interested in their children participating in the after-school program, which will include “tutoring services , physical activities and a healthy snack.”

The survey asks questions such as the student’s name, grade, age, how many days a week they could go to the center and what days of the week it would be.

The survey is open until February 18 and available on prestoncountyschools.com.

Larew said there is still a lot of work to do before school buses start dropping off children.

They have just started recruiting staff and are reaching out to churches and other nonprofits, he said. All has gone well so far, but Larew estimated that he would need about one person for every 10 children, with 50-100 children expected.

The survey released by Martin will tell them who and how many, so staff can prepare, Larew said.

There are 286 homeless students in Preston County, according to the latest figures, and they need somewhere to go after school. Right now it could be the bus to a friend’s house or somewhere else.

“We hope we can help them so they have a place to go after school,” Larew said.

There is also work to be done in the kitchen, and construction of the second level should begin this summer.

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