After-school Program Continues Learning ‘Right at School’
When the school bell rings on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, Hyman Elementary first grader Isabella Sarmiento races to Right at School.
Right at School is an after-school program that was brought to Duncanville ISD this year. It gives parents and guardians the convenience of after school care at the campus their child attends.
Isabella knows one of the first things they do every afternoon is homework, but she looks forward to having fun with her friends.
“What I really like about Right at School is all the different games we get to play,” Isabella said.
Those games the kids enjoy are actually “disguised learning” activities.
Isabella first started attending Right at School because her grandmother, Hyman Elementary receptionist Laura Spielmann, had appointments two days a week and required after-school care for her Isabella. Even though the appointments ended last semester, Isabella begged Spielmann to let her continue attending Right at School.
“I am very pleased with Right at School,” Spielmann said. “Whenever parents come to register their children, I always recommend the program.”
Ms. Lewis, Hyman’s Right at School program manager, takes time to get to know each student by name and their specific schedules. Whenever Lewis sees her students in the hallways, she gives them a big hug.
“It’s easy to see the love she has for our students and parents,” Spielmann said.
Students who attend Right at School receive a snack, exercise, help with homework, fun and engaging curriculum and time for free play. After-school care is offered until 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Parents can take advantage of pricing for one, two or all five days of after-school care each week.
Right at School is currently available to students at four Duncanville ISD elementary schools – Acton, Bilhartz, Hastings and Hyman. Additional schools and before school care could be added if there is an interest.
On days where students are not in school but parents have to work, such as professional development and school holidays, full-day camps are offered. This summer, camps will also be offered at Bilhartz Elementary for students in grades kindergarten through fifth.