In response to the question, “Why do we need after-school?” many students shared, “To have fun!” or “Where would we go if our parents work?” Those answers capture just two of the essential goals of the elementary After-School programs in the district. Scott Fearrington, director of Community Schools said, "After-School has been an essential part of the CHCCS district for over 30 years and continues to provide a safe environment for elementary students to participate in structured, as well as free choice, activities." This year, 781 students are enrolled in the program at the district’s 11 elementary schools.
The first Child Nutrition event of the school year, Bring a Guest to Lunch Day, has become a cherished tradition. The 11 CHCCS elementary schools all participate, with some schools hosting more than 75 parents, grandparents and other adults on the designated day.