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Morning Video: Can After-School/Extended Day Programs Make A Difference?

"At Middle School 223 in the Bronx, the fun starts at the end of the regular day. All sixth graders are offered extracurricular activities like African drumming, latin dance and chess, plus personalized help in reading and math." (Why longer school days can be more fun for students)



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As a former after-school program director and teacher in 2001, I found this type program an excellent and successful program for students. After-school programs are associated with significant improvements in self-perceptions, school bonding and positive social behaviors; significant reductions in conduct problems and drug use; and significant increases in achievement test scores, grades and school attendance. After school programs should be in all schools around this country. In my experience students have enjoyed these programs and I had not one single drop-out during the entire school year.


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