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Barton Road After School Program

The Barton Road After School Program is one of the most rewarding experiences I have participated in. It is challenging and trying, but having the opportunity to get off campus twice a week and spend time with the kids is something I am very grateful for. It’s a change of pace and seeing the kids instantly lightens my mood.

Last week we decorated bags for Halloween then frosted cookies for snack. Of course there was a huge mess of frosting to clean up, and I don’t know who in their right mind feeds children excess sugar, but it was the most fun I have had all year.

Whether through playing checkers, swinging at the playground, or during group discussions with the High Schoolers, I have met so many wonderful kids, teens, and fellow mentors. The Barton Road After School Program is a wonderful group that I am proud to be a part of.

-Ally Dalton ’19