Killip Elementary School holds ‘Celebration of After School Learning’

| May 31, 2017

By the Flagstaff Unified School District

Courtesy photo.

In the wake of dramatic funding cuts, Killip Elementary School held a “Celebration of After School Learning” (on May 26).

Visitors, including Flagstaff Vice Mayor Jamie Whelan and City Council Member Charlie Odegaard, learned about the Garden and Habitat Clubs, two project-based learning programs for 2nd & 3rd graders, watched the award winning chess players, saw the martial arts students in action, took a tour of the schools outdoor learning spaces, and enjoyed garden-inspired food. The students were excited and proud to explain, during their guided tours, about their efforts in the new habitat space, which includes brightly colored birdhouses and nesting shelves that they made and the wonderful food growing in their garden.

5 weeks ago, Killip’s afterschool funding through the 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant was cut by $28,000 and next year these programs will begin with a $42,000 deficit. This is not unique to Killip. Afterschool programs will continue at FUSD schools through the FACTS program and at Killip some of these unique activities will continue due to the generous support by the Forest Highlands Foundation and the Flagstaff Community Foundation. What will be missing at Killip is the Lego Robotics, the Public Achievement Program and any plans for new afterschool enrichment activities.

Killip is one example of the importance of afterschool programs for our students. Thank you to all who came and took the school tours with the incredible Killip students.

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