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GIVING BACK: LPES After School Progam needs members to continue

September 6, 2019
By ELIZABETH IZZO - Staff Writer ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - The Lake Placid Elementary School After School Program needs new members in order to continue.

Julie Lawrence, president of the after school program's board of directors, said a recent wave of retirements has left the group with a lot of positions to fill, and they're struggling to fully staff the program.

"We have four to six part-time people," she said. "We really need a minimum of four to five people every day. It's great work and a lot of fun, but it's tough to fit into people's schedules."

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The LPASCCP, run by the Lake Placid Child Care Committee, is a nonprofit organization created in 1989 by a group of local mothers. It's among the oldest programs of its kind in the Adirondacks. It runs five days a week, from 2:50 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and is open to all students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Kids who attend the program get a healthy snack when they arrive, do their homework there, and have free time for indoor and outdoor activities with the other children. Those who staff the program try to put together a field trip for the children at least once a month, generally in collaboration with local businesses. In the past, students have been brought to the Wildlife Refuge, Adirondack Adventures and Paul Smith's VIC; they've visited local farms for apple picking and maple sugaring; and they've gone tobogganing, bowling and made pizzas at Mr. Mike's Pizza on Main Street.

"This program keeps kids occupied when they might otherwise be home without adult supervision," Lawrence said.

The program tries to always keep a ratio of 10 students for every one adult, she said. Earlier this summer, the lack of applicants to staff the program caused board members to consider the possibility that they may not be able to run the program at all in the upcoming school year.

The program's longtime director, Kristen Boslet, was able to convince some of the people who'd previously said they would retire from the program to come back. But most of those people are only returning short-term, according to Lawrence.

"Kristin worked really hard and she found enough staff to start the school year," she said, "but we're still working very hard to find additional people.

"We need help from the community."

In addition to the staff positions the program needs to fill, the LPCCC is looking for a new director and for more parents who have children attending the program full-time to serve on its board of directors. Boslet, a full-time teacher at the Lake Placid Middle-High School, will be stepping down from her post as director after this school year, Lawrence said. Seats on the board of directors, which is responsible for fundraising and providing support to the director, are open to anyone who may want one.

The next meeting of the LPASCCP's board of directors is slated for 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11 in the cafeteria at the Lake Placid Elementary School. Lawrence said anyone interested in pitching in to help the program, whether as a board member or a staffer, is encouraged to attend.



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