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saw it as more than just a place they had
to be for eight hours, which Duerr says
really excited her.
"It became a home to these kids, which
was really great because a lot of them
didn't have the best places that they were
going home to," she says. Duerr observed
that more students took leadership roles,
asserted themselves, and opened up
emotionally in ways they hadn't before.
Homework became a nonissue, particularly for younger children from households
where parents didn't encourage or help with
schoolwork. In the after-school program,
there was time to take out planners, organize,
and do schoolwork before moving on to the

day's activity. "That evened the playing field
by taking the whole issue away," says Duerr.

Hopeful Outcomes

Even with the odds stacked against
them, Haynal's students show remarkable
gains, and he credits the after-school and
summer programs for contributing to
their growth.
"For the first year with SBAC [Smarter
Balanced Assessment Consortium]
testing, we had an average between two
schools of 55 percent proficiency in
ELA [Elaine Wynn and Vegas Verdes
Elementary]. What a start for growing all
kids," he says.

In addition, students are retaining
information and are better prepared for
a new year. "We now actually begin new
instruction at the beginning of the second
week of school," says Haynal.
"Cyclical poverty in rural America is
probably the cruelest thing I've ever seen
in my life," says Duerr. "It's very important
to show students you want what's best for
them, you're there to help them, you're
going to be there and have a relationship
with them-even if they don't have one at
home," she adds. *
Emily Rogan is a writer and editor based in
New York.

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