Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie, in partnership with Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School and Schoharie Central School, provides afterschool programs that serve students in grades K-6. The program serves students at Schoharie Central (grades K-6), Ryder & Radez Elementary (K-6). The programs are funded through parent fees.
After nearly 20 years of operating the 4-H Afterschool Program in Schoharie County, it was with great sadness that Cornell Cooperative Extension suspended the Afterschool Programs in Cobleskill-Richmondville and Schoharie Schools effective April 2, 2021. For the first time since we introduced the program into our community schools, we found the program under severe financial challenges as a result of the pandemic. The licensing requirement for maintaining staff numbers, the recent historically low program enrollment of children and youth, and the resulting operating losses left CCE with few means to navigate these difficulties. Although the program has been suspended, our hope is that better days will return in our communities so that the program may be reinstated for the fall semester.
The goals of the afterschool program are to enhance a child’s desire to learn, to provide experiences for all aspects of the child’s development, and to provide an environment that is relaxed and enjoyable. The program offers a broad range of interesting, age-appropriate activities that integrate what happens in the school day with less formal learning activities. The afterschool program includes 4-H projects, indoor/outdoor recreation, arts, crafts, games, homework helper, and a nutritious snack. In addition, cultural exposure, computer literacy, conflict resolution, and service learning are a part of the education plan to provide character education enrichment and instill life-long skills. 4-H Youth Development Programs use experiential, research-based educational opportunities to help youth develop independence, a sense of belonging, generosity, and mastery.
Last updated April 19, 2021