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Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week – Denise Smeltzer

Who: Denise Smeltzer, program director at Pittsboro Elementary When: 18 years (16 years as program director) Favorite color: Blue, because it’s a calming color Favorite season: Spring, because it’s new every year Favorite ice cream: Kroger brand Death by Chocolate   Q: What has been the most rewarding aspect of working with AYS? A: Seeing […]

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Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week – Donniece Harris

Who: Donniece Harris, program director at Promise Road Elementary When: 1 year in August Favorite color: My favorite color has always been purple. I feel like it is the most vibrant color of the rainbow! Favorite season: Spring—I love the spring weather. My birthday is also in the spring. So, that’s another reason why it’s […]

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Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week – Andrea Straughan

Who: Andrea Straughan, program director at Fox Hill When: 18 years (started out at Harcourt Elementary school as a program assistant and shortly after was promoted to program director) Favorite color: Green for money — after all, who doesn’t like money? Favorite season: Not sure Favorite ice cream: Caramel Praline from Baskin Robbin’s Q: What […]

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Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week – Coltin Metzger

Who: Coltin Metzger, program director at IPS 91 When: 2 years (first year as a program director) Favorite color: My favorite color is blue. I think because it reminds me of the sky, I’ve always loved traveling and flying and to me it reminds me of those things. Favorite season: Summer is my favorite season. […]

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Camps Spring Up Over Break

Center for Inquiry School 84 & Sidener Academy Over spring break, our IPS camps at Center for Inquiry School 84 and Sidener Academy took advantage of a couple days of nice weather. Students spent most their time outside on the playground. A group of girls at CFI developed their own dance team, showing the directors […]

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General Information Sheets 2017-2018

Please review your school district’s General Information Sheet General Information- Indianapolis Public Schools – 47, 61, 96, 106 General Information- Indianapolis Public Schools – 59, 60, 70, 84, 91 General Information- M.S.D. Decatur Township General Information- M.S.D. Washington Township General Information- Noblesville Schools General Information– North Montgomery Community School Corp. General Information- North Salem Elementary […]

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Black History Month at AYS

You may have noticed on our Facebook page last month that a number of our program sites celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday and legacy with art projects and fact-finding missions.  It was a great example of our program directors building on what students were already learning in their schools, with complementary instruction. In […]

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Nextech brings coding lessons to AYS kids

It’s not unusual to see a bus roll up in front of an elementary school. Unless, of course, it’s a bus that looks like this: As part of Computer Science Education Week, Nextech brought its mobile computing lab and Hour of Code activities to four different AYS sites last Tuesday through Friday. A nonprofit that […]

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Ellen Clippinger honored as Sagamore of the Wabash

Across the country, the results of the 2016 elections remain top of mind.  At AYS, we of course have many different opinions about who should be in leadership positions – but there’s one person we will always stand behind:  Ellen Clippinger. Those of you who are new to AYS may not know that Ellen is […]

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Community service and AYS go together like two peas in a pod.

Community service and AYS go together like two peas in a pod. That’s why we were so excited when Peapod, the country’s leading internet grocer, approached us to take part in their “Kids Give Back” program. Through Peapod’s initiative, they offered AYS kids the chance to learn about nutrition, practice their math skills and understand […]

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