The Superior Express -

Teens are a big help after school


February 27, 2020

Superior School's successful after school Kids' Club for kindergarten through sixth grade students is well organized and run by adults, but there are five high school students who need credit for the success of the program. Luka Benjamin, Kaylee Flaata, Mikynzie Hansen, Haley West and Jayden Simmons are aides who work with students also. Flaata, Simmons Benjamin began in September working in the program while Hansen and West started after volleyball season ended.

Flaata and Hanson enjoy working in the program. They both agreed that they liked hanging out with and helping the young students with their assignments and crafts. West said the program works well around her schedule. She plans to attend college and study music education. This program gets her involved with students of different ages. Benjamin likes working with students and playing 4-Square when they get to play outside. He is the resident 4 Square specialist of the group. The teens realize they are role models for the students with whom they work.

Each afternoon the aides and adults gather with the students in the cafeteria for snacks before separating into the different groups. Part of the afternoon activities include time for homework, crafts and organized games. Other activities include ukulele lessons, reading and computer time. At times the aides read to the younger students. They also give the younger students someone to talk to.

Jamie Henderson, director of Kids' Club, said, "I appreciate these high school aides. They go way beyond what they are asked to do."

As an observer, it is obvious the students welcome the time these role models help them.


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