GALION — Volunteers from the Galion St. Joseph Parish are opening an after-school program for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students in Crawford County. It’s called Teen Zone.
The program, which begins Monday, April 9, is as a safe place where students can gather, relax after school, enjoy a snack, get help with homework and engage in fun activities with their friends.
The Teen Zone will be held at the St. Joseph Parish Convent, 135 N. Liberty St, from 3:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays during the school year.
“We are very excited that a group of community volunteers have stepped forward to provide this program for our students,” Galion Middle School Principal Joe Morabito said. “The program’s expectations for students’ actions and conduct align very well with what we expect every day in the building, and I can’t wait to see how it benefits our community.”
Students enrolled in the Teen Zone program will be expected to be truthful, trustworthy, good listeners, respectful in word and action and be their best using their gifts and talents to the fullest.
Students will learn social skills that will help them succeed in school and beyond including caring, common sense, cooperation, courage, curiosity, friendship, integrity, patience, perseverance and responsibility.
“This is a major step forward for the community,” said Galion superintendent Jim Grubbs. “I’ve always said that if you show me a child with nothing to do after school, I will show you a child who finds trouble.
“The volunteers at Galion St. Joseph Parish are going to provide a safe and secure environment that will be conducive to our students making new friends and sharing their passions.”
Galion families interested in enrolling their child in the Teen Zone after-school program can download a registration form and emergency medical form by visiting middleschool.galionschools.org and clicking on the “Teen Zone” logo on the home page.
Those with additional questions should contact the St. Joseph Parish volunteers at 419-566-5191 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.