Think with Us: Compare and Contrast
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How can you share space and materials?
What others do:
The regular school and after-school staff plan for space usage together. Kids' Involvement Network (KIN) functions successfully by using the gym and playground. As soon as the last gym class leaves, the KIN staff begins removing supplies and equipment from a closet in the gym. The custodians move in tables from the cafeteria, and the cafeteria staff delivers a cart of snacks. By the time students arrive in the gym, the program is set up for the afternoon's activities. All materials for the KIN program at Thousand Oaks Elementary are supplied by the KIN program.
-- Juanita Lightfoot, Site Coordinator, Kids' Involvement Network (KIN), Thousand Oaks Elementary School
Even after school our building is very crowded, and communication about sharing space is vital. A small problem or conflict gets dealt with right away before it becomes a bigger issue. We all adjust and try to be flexible. The Sparks program gets its own materials, so the teachers feel less imposed upon. We even purchased some large equipment that could be used by teachers during the day and after school. This way, the after-school program enhances all the students' lives and is seen as an asset by all the teachers.
-- Gail Cooper, Site Coordinator, Sparks After-School Program, Gordon Middle School
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