Salvation Army assists kids with after-school program

WARREN — Warren City Schools students are receiving extra help once a week at the Salvation Army’s after-school program.

Maj. Dianna Morales, program coordinator, said each Wednesday, specified Warren children come to the center and receive help with homework. They also play games and receive a meal.

On Tuesdays, students play band instruments, she said.

”We pick them up at the different Warren school buildings and bring them here, where they start with homework and a snack. They then can play games and read books,” Morales said.

There is also time dedicated to being in the chapel and later the Troops program, which is similar to Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Morales said the Troops program is led by Pat and Ruth Cline, who help the children work on badge projects, such as derby cars, which they will race in the spring for the awards finale.

She said the music program has children in a small band learning to play different instruments.

While the program is geared to children in kindergarten to sixth grade, there is a separate group for middle and high school students who also do homework and take part in discussions. Morales said many of the older children grew up with the program and return to help.

The program will run through April and is full. Morales said there is talk of a hosting summer day care-style program but nothing is official.

David Teed, 7, second grade, said he likes taking part in activities in the gym and in the chapel, and also getting help with homework.

Elyse Ramsey, 7, second grade, said she likes the dinner and earning badges in the Troops program. She said she likes building derby cars and racing them.