Munger Elementary-Middle School launches after school programming as part of DPSCD’s Whole Child Commitment
When DPSCD announced the implementation of the Whole Child Commitment earlier this year, it showcased its commitment to providing holistic services to DPSCD students and families. One of these services was the expansion of after-school programming.
DPSCD partnered with organizations like Developing K.I.D.S, the Boys and Girls Club, YMCA Blue Care and Urban Neighborhood Initiatives to bring families access to a full suite of after-school programs onsite at a group of schools.
The after-school programming provides DPSCD students and families with:
• Safe spaces for students after school
• Free and high-quality childcare option for families
• Improved school day attendance
• Increased school enrollment and retention
One of the participating schools is Munger Elementary-Middle School, located on Detroit’s west side, which launched its after-school programming with the Boys and Girls Club in October. Since the programming was implemented, 125 students are now enrolled.
Munger Principal Donnell Burroughs said after-school programming is crucial, especially coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, where students were unable to participate in in-person activities.
“During the pandemic, students were isolated from their peers and had fewer opportunities to build new and positive relationships with trusted adults. This program allows students to reconnect, free from the pressures of the classroom and rebuild those relationships,” he said.
“Through sampling and exposure to new activities, we intend to spark joy in our students and allow them to identify new areas of interest and passion.”
K-8 students who are enrolled in the program participate in age-appropriate enrichment activities. Each day, all students receive a meal and support to complete their homework. Once their homework is complete, each grade cohort begins enrichment rotations.
Burroughs said that some of the successes of the programming stem not only from the interest of the students, but also the interactions being had with the participating partners. For example, the Boys and Girls Club is piloting the intro to fashion program with Munger’s middle school students. Over seven weeks, students will work with a professional designer and have the chance to sketch their own designs, learn about textiles and bring their designs to life.
Another example of the partnership between Munger and the Boys and Girls Club is an eSports tournament where students will have the opportunity to compete against Detroit Red Wings players that is taking place before Thanksgiving.
“If the anticipation of the launch of the revitalized partnership with the Detroit Public Schools Community District and the Boys & Girls Club after-school program at Munger Elementary Middle School was not an indication of the excitement within the Munger community, the past four weeks have been nothing but exceptional,” said Burroughs. “Now at full capacity, the program waiting list has continued to grow, with unique programming like Youth for Unity, Smart Moves, and triple Play Basketball, that combines leadership skills, emotional maturity, and fun physical activity under one roof, you can see the excitement on our students' faces.”
Whether at Munger or at any of our more than 100 DPSCD schools, DPSCD has a school and programming to meet your students' needs. DPSCD, the Future is Rising