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Kids Club comes to Silverdale

Beginning today, Martha & Mary will expand its Kid’s Club before and after school program to Cougar Valley and Clear Creek elementary schools in Central Kitsap.

“The program is geared toward keeping kids busy,” said Mike Birge, Martha & Mary Kid’s Club program coordinator. “There’s something to do all the time.”

Providing care for children in kindergarten through sixth grade, activities range from board games, arts and crafts, reading, homework time and science and cultural activities. The Kid’s Club opens at 6 a.m. until school starts and then resumes after school until 6 p.m. Children are given breakfast in the morning and an afternoon snack.

“(We’re) on campus,” Birge said, “(Students) go to school, then after school come to us.”

Birge said the Kid’s Club started in 2001, and encompasses seven different schools in North Kitsap. Cougar Valley and Clear Creek will be the first schools in Central Kitsap to offer the program.

“We’ve been working every year to improve,” Birge added. “We also provide service during days school is out, and the program goes through breaks and the summer.”

Staff members who work at the Kid’s Club are either certified teachers, or have obtained at least 45 college credits, according to Birge. The ratio of staff members to students is one to 15, providing more individual attention for every student. Birge added that they are not equipped for special education students, or various physical disabilities. He added that “it would be difficult for us to provide (those) things they need during activities.”

The registration fee for Kid’s Club is $75. The morning or afternoon session are each $10, or $16 for both. Full days, when school is not in session, is $29.

“The children are in a safe, nurturing environment,” he added. “(My favorite part) is to see kids be able to expand their ability to cooperate with each other across different age groups.”

For more information on Martha & Mary’s Kid’s Club, contact Birge at (360) 394-4089 or e-mail him at mbirge@mmhc.org.

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