After School ProgramsExtended School Day programs at South Seneca are in their fourth year of providing a variety of exciting activities for students after class hours.
After-school offerings are supported by a five-year Extended Day/School Violence Prevention grant from the New York State Department of Education. Funding from the grant helps South Seneca provide after-school programs for students at the elementary, middle and high school levels.
Students who participate can choose from activities such as horseback riding at D & K Ranch, skiing at Bristol Mountain, photograph, and STEM activities in the MakerSpace club. Elementary students can learn about science and the environment with Children in the Stream, learn coding and computer science or participate in drama performances.
South Seneca Elementary School and the Interlaken Public Library are collaborating for a comic book club, a new offering available this year. This program was developed after noticing interest students had in the topic. In the elementary school library, second and third graders studied how graphic novels tell their stories by looking at the wide variety of styles that exist in this format. They then received instruction on how to make comics and are given time to make their own.
The grant also provided for a number of school safety efforts. This includes supporting the presence of the school resource officer outside of regular school hours, providing walkie-talkies for staff and helping pay for the purchase and installation of security cameras on the school campus.