BUFFALO, N.Y., Jan. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Sensing a need for students to have more diverse options relating to their after-school activities, Eric Gray, Buffalo, NY educator, has announced that his school will be offering a comprehensive program designed to reach students' varied interests. The program is slated to begin sometime in the near future, with teachers and students hosting tutoring sessions, clubs and activities at locations on and off campus.
"After-school programs, even when they are not necessarily directly related to a specific school subject, have been clearly shown to improve student performance and significantly reduce the risk of a student being involved in dangerous activities outside of school hours," said Eric Gray, Buffalo, NY educator. "We arrived at the idea of offering as many programs as possible because we wanted to make sure that we reach all of our students, not just a portion of them."
Gray indicated that while the majority of the programs will be run by teachers currently employed by the district, there will be some clubs and activities that are organized by the students themselves.
"We have been making announcements each day to let the students know that this opportunity exists," said Gray. "Many of the students have taken the initiative to start clubs and activities that we had no idea would interest the students."
The after-school program has already had its fair share of registered students, and Gray expects that number will continue to rise as more programs are added and the launch date draws near. The current number exceeded Gray's initial projection, though he counts this as a pleasant surprise.
"We did not expect the programs to be so popular this early in the process," said Gray. "We expected that it would take some time to generate interest before we reached these numbers. We also have far more clubs and activities than we expected, which is obviously contributing to the swelling numbers."
For Eric Gray, Buffalo, NY presents a sometimes difficult climate to encourage after-school activities. The increase in these opportunities should help to keep students focused on achievement year-round.
"This is a tough climate, literally and economically," said Gray. "The more opportunities we give these students to be engaged in valuable activities, the better chance they will have to succeed."
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