Good Morning Chairman Graham and members of the Committee on Human Services. Thank you for the opportunity to testify today,
My son, Maurice, attends the Kid Power after-school program at
The program has benefited him tremendously. Prospect
My shy little boy has blossomed into a confident young man because of the program. The Kid Power staff are extremely patient and give him the positive attention and encouragement he desperately needed.
When Maurice was 9 years old he could not read and was on a first grade reading level. Now, two years later because of participating in the Kid Power program, he is at a 4th grade reading level. I am so grateful.
In addition to academics, Kid Power provides the students with many enrichment opportunities. He participates in gardening and cooking classes and learns about healthy eating. He gets to attend life-skills classes and learns about helping the community. He even gets to go on field trips. He has become a track superstar and has received many medals at Kid Power. These experiences have given him the self-confidence he needs to excel in all areas of life.
Furthermore, these opportunities do not exist during the school day. Furthermore, the Kid Power programs give Maurice more hands-on learning activities that get him excited. For example, because he likes track, they designed math activities to around his running.
Therefore, I am here today to argue on behalf this program and I speak for many other parents who were not able to testify today. We believe strongly that the non-profit organizations like Kid Power should continue to be an important part of the after-school program. When Maurice comes to Kid Power, I know he has a different environment than the school day. He actually enjoys staying after school. As a parent, this is truly a blessing.