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June 14, 2013

After-school 'Innovation' at O'Maley

After-school programs a hit at O'Maley

Just because the school day is over doesn’t mean the learning and fun have ended.

O’Maley Innovation Middle School started a varied menu of new after-school programs this past winter and spring, and about 150 students now take part in the workshops offered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:15 to 3 p.m.

From designing a dream home using special software, and making jewelry pieces, to throwing clay on a wheel, learning karate, participating in a glee club, or making a video for the fifth graders to view on Move Up Day, students can pick and choose from a variety of activities.

There are also sports such as indoor soccer and floor hockey, plus other gym activities. Students can also rotate among the activities regularly, and while the program just ended for the current school year, it will pick up again in the fall, school officials say.

After-school program coordinator and science teacher Caitlin Sumner feels the activities are great for students so they can try new things, meet new classmates in a more informal setting — and, in many cases, not have to go home to an empty house after school.

The workshops are in addition to other offerings by the school after hours, including band, seasonal sports and the performing arts, yearbook and homework clubs. A late bus is available for students between 3:15 and 3:30, too.

Sumner said she welcomes community members who have a special skill or expertise that might resonate with students to participate in the after school activities for the fall, next winter and spring. Each session is eight weeks long.

To get involved in working as a workshop instructor with the after school programs this coming fall at O’Maley, contact Sumner at csumner@gloucester.k12.ma.us

Allegra Boverman is the chief photographer and a staff writer for the Gloucester Daily Times. She can be reached at 978-283-7000 x3448 and at aboverman@gloucestertimes.com

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