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Gary Youth Services Bureau announces Free after school program

The Gary Youth Services Bureau, a division of Gary Parks and Recreation, is gearing up for the start of the City’s 2019-2020 After School Program that is available free to residents at three different locations. This year’s program will also offer different activities for students at each of the locations.

Beginning Monday, October 7, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m., students may spend after school time at the Paul Douglas Center for Environmental Education, 100 N. Lake Street. The site is named “Nature Kids” where children will enjoy birding, hiking and other activities at the Indiana Dunes National Park.

The Christ United Methodist Church, 201 W. Ridge Road will host “Expressions” where students will sing, dance and participate in musical theatre and the recreational component; “All Ball” will be hosted at the Hudson-Campbell Sports and Fitness Center, 455 Massachusetts Street. “All Ball” is designed for teens and will expose youth to a variety of careers in the sports industry.

Additionally, each site will offer homework assistance and free meals and snacks to participants of the program.

Gary residents are encouraged to take advantage of these after school opportunities. To learn more, all are invited to visit either of the sites for a meet and greet and tour during an Open House/Registration on Friday, October 4 at 5:00 p.m.

The City’s after school program is supported by Cities Connecting Children to Nature and the National League of Cities (NLC). The city thanks the Paul Douglas Center and Christ United Methodist Church for the partnership.

For additional information, contact the Parks Department/Youth Services Bureau at 219-881-5270.

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