Extended Educational Experience E3
Pursuing the goal that all Girard children should be engaged in physical activity on a regular basis, Girard staff members have planned a series of after-school clubs that would immerse students in various activities.
Under the heading E3 ("Extended Educational Experience"), Fit Clubs such as yoga, kick boxing, cycling, badminton, volleyball, modern and jazz dance, drill team, Philly Girls in Motion and a walking club contribute to students' physical health. Interest Clubs such as chess, arts and crafts, camera and robotics help them to develop their own talents. Although required activity is a dramatic change for some of our students, it has been embraced by the entire community.
Teachers or supervisors for what has become an enormous variety of clubs are generally current Girard staff members, as well as a few volunteers from the community. A secondary effect of the E3 program is that some adults have found an outlet for a special hobby or skill.
21st CCLC OST Learning and Enrichment Activities
All of those letters mean "21st Century Community Learning Center" and "Out of School Time" and refer to the programs our sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders are enjoying after school. Funding was provided by the 21st CCLC grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and could continue for three years!