Wanamaker Elementary is one of four schools in the Auburn-Washburn school district that will be adding a Boys and Girls Club before and after school program next school year.
Krystal Wiltz started working at the Boys and Girls Club of Topeka in 2015.
Back then, they only had three locations.
Starting next year, they’ll be serving students in 14 locations.
“We know that what we’re doing makes a difference in the lives of kids,:” said Wiltz. “As we’ve grown our organization, we’ve really focused on the program quality.”
After seeing positive results in students who were apart of the Boys and Girls Club program, the Auburn-Washburn school district decided to expand the opportunity out to more elementary schools across the district, including Wanamaker, Auburn, Jay Shideler and Farley.
“We like the focused nature and the way they would work with the schools, and see what kind of things they were trying to accomplish in the classroom, and carry those over to the before and after school programs,” said spokesperson for the district Martin Weishaar
Through the program, students take part in activities centered around academic success, healthy lifestyles, good character and citizenship.
Wiltz said while expanding the program hasn’t always been easy, its impact is worth it.
“Our true mission is to serve kids, and we want to serve kids who need us most. So, if that means 10 more, it means 10 more, but, we just want to do what’s best for the community of Topeka.”
For more information about how to enroll your student in the Boys and Girls Club of Topeka, you can visit their website here.