UALR-CI has officially launched Terrific Tuesdays, an after school program designed to reach students within the community ages 8-12. The community partnership with Bishop Leodis & Goldie Warren Community Development Center where Terrific Tuesdays are held, allows for learning beyond the books. Enrichment activities such as Sports, Art, Fit-Kids, Stepping and Dramatic Arts encourage students to express themselves as they are motivated to build self-confidence and higher esteem. The instructors of the program are caring and sensitive towards the students’ needs, grooming them academically, socially and developmentally.

“We like coming and we always have fun!” said a group of fifth graders as they enjoyed snacks provided through a special donation. AmeriCorps members manage to make learning fun by engaging students in competitive academic relay games. This allows them to blow off steam, exercise both physically and mentally while cheering their respective team to success. “The word is really getting out,” said Paula Rogers, the program’s coordinator. “We’re steadily growing with students from several area schools and especially surrounding the community center.” The program has already swelled to nearly 40 students by the close of its fourth Tuesday. In the heart of Greater Little Rock, the program’s doors are open every Tuesday from 3-6pm.

Students are provided a positive, safe environment in which to learn, make new friends, and explore avenues with the arts they wouldn’t otherwise be exposed to. Working parents are relieved from the worries of daily homework, studies and their child’s safety. A welcome addition to the area, Terrific Tuesdays are off to a great start and both children and parents alike couldn’t be happier.





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