South Norwalk children will soon have a place to go after the bell rings at school.
"For those children to participate in after school, the schools need to provide transportation for them and that is quite expensive. Many times children don't have an after school experience that come from South Norwalk and this would be the first time and it would be a community program," said Lauren Rosato, Director of Development at the South Norwalk Community Center.
The Board of Education approved the After Bell program [on April 8th], which will allow children to get involved with activities at the South Norwalk Community Center after school.
"It currently is at four elementary schools; Rowayton, Kendall, Silvermine, and Cranbury. It has never gone into the communities so this is a first for us and we're really excited."
And they hope to renovate the building in the coming months.
South Norwalk Community Center Deputy Director Pat Ferrandino said, "The first phase of renovation will allow the After the Bell program to take place here. We are transforming our center into a learning center. There will be three classrooms dedicated to After the Bell." Board members say updating the center will have a positive impact on the community.
"Having extending learning that is connected to the schoold day but looks different, it's fun for kids, it keeps them engaged in learning. And it is connected to the curriculum because the school system is bringing in teachers that are facilitating different programs," said Rosato.
"It's all about community coming together and bonding. The way for that to happen is for the kids to have a positive activity or activities that they can engage in with one another. After the Bell provides just that," added Ferrandino.