In the Zone

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What is In The Zone? 
In The Zone was introduced in the Warrensburg Elementary School at the beginning of the 2017-2018 Elementary School. The program serves approximately 50 of our elementary students grades 1-5. One of the program's many goals is to provide them with a safe environment after regular school hours (3p.m. - 5 p.m.) and the opportunity for purposeful and academic enrichment. There is no cost to the students or their families to participate, as this program is private-public partnership between the school, businesses, and the community. There are no other after-school programs like in our region. 

How do students spend their time during In The Zone? 

The students participate in a variety of activities including reading and math support, STEM activities, integration into the arts, health and wellness education, field trips, host special visitors, and other academic enrichment opportunities, including those offered by Cornell Cooperative, BOCES, and LEGO robotics. The program supports the District's mission statement, as the students learn to be good citizens by participating in community service projects. 

Why offer In The Zone?

The need for an after-school program was recognized by school administrators who conducted research and took action. Effective after-school programs bring a wide range of benefits to youth, families, and the community. After-school programs can boost academic performance, reduce risky behaviors, promote physical health, and provide a safe structured environment for the children of working parents.

Data from our first year demonstrates: 
Approximately 60% of the students participating are eligible for the free and reduced lunch program
Absences decreased by 23%
Early dismissals decreased by 48%
57% of students of students in the program are on or above benchmark in reading
59% of students in the program are on or above benchmark in math

How is it possible to offer In The Zone at no cost to the students or their families? 

The Warrensburg Central School District is fortunate enough to be embedded within a community of businesses and individuals who see the value of the program and choose to invest in our youth through monetary donations. It is through their generosity and the partnership between the school and community that the program is available to the young members of our community. 


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