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After-school program at local charter school a popular activity for students

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Students at White Pine Charter School participate in a Robotics team competition. | Courtesy photo

The following is a news release from White Pine Charter School.

AMMON – White Pine Charter School has a very successful after-school program with more than 200 students enrolled and participating in different clubs every afternoon. In addition, there are sports activities that keep the gym busy.

Currently, White Pine has nine clubs running all year: Creative Writing, Math Club, Card Games that Love Math, STEM Club, Story Laboratory, LEGO Robotics (2nd-3rd), LEGO Robotics (4th-6th), Spanish Club and Art Club. Not to mention the GATE (gifted and talented education) classes, which is also an after-school enrichment program.

Alysa Trust, the After School Programs Director, is already planning the summer activities.

“I am looking into fitness and sports-related clubs because those have high interest during summer. I’m also planning on art, music, STEM and Robotics, specifically a Girls in STEM Week,” Trust explains.

Courtesy White Pine Charter

Ms. Trust, also the first-grade teacher, emphasizes that “running the after-school program is one of the most fulfilling things I’ve accomplished as an educator. It’s been so exciting to see these students light up when they are able to dive into their own, specific interests.”

According to Ken Graham, White Pine principal, “the clubs are very important for our school community, where families have the opportunity to enroll their children in meaningful activities after school hours.”

The school also has the Ski Club in January and the athletics program is built around basketball, volleyball and cross country.

Founded in 2001, White Pine Charter School (District 464) is the largest and oldest charter school in eastern Idaho. They currently serve about 650 students in kindergarten through 10th grade, with children coming from
Idaho Falls, Ammon, Rigby, and Shelley.

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