After School Music Program
The After School Music Program is an outreach ministry offered by St.Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church. It is a free After School program offered to two neighborhood Amphi District elementary schools, Holaway and Rio Vista that are near the Church and serve an economically disadvantaged population. We function 4 days a week, Monday through Thursday. (The Church campus is closed on Fridays). We have 22 children, third through fifth grades. It is made possible by donations from the church and community and the fact that we are staffed almost entirely by volunteers. It takes over 50 volunteers to staff the program.
The children are brought by a van, we provide, from school to St. Philip’s where we have 2 adjoining classrooms. They get a healthy snack, often fresh vegetables and fruits, they get help with their homework and reading, they get free piano or violin lessons or play chimes, and each day they get an hour of voice and choral training. For the piano lessons they get one half hour lesson a week and the other three days they have a one on one 20-minute practice session with a teacher. Classroom/homework volunteers work one, 2 hour 15 minute, shift a week from 2:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and work in teams of 5 in the classroom. The times available for volunteering are Monday through Wednesday from 2:45
to 5:00. Thursdays are half days at the schools so we have a longer day, which we cover with 2 teams, one from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and the next from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Working in teams gives us flexibility. If a volunteer needs to be away or gets sick we can usually have sufficient coverage with four volunteers.
The children are challenging and so wonderful. We are changing lives as they change ours and enrich them. The principals of both schools have told us we are making a big difference with these children. All who love children and want to grow and learn and share a wonderful experience are welcome. We need you. If you want more information or just discuss the possibility of joining our amazing team please call, Barby Goldschmid at 237 8881 or her email below.
Director of After School Music Program