There's a new picture being painted in Storm Lake's elementaries after school, and it's part of a "revolution" across the country.
"You used to see pictures of the bell ringing and kids running out of school," said Ann Mackrill-Wilson, director of Community Education. "But now when the bell rings they're staying."
Based on the district middle school's successful Tornado Learning Club, the Early Tornado Academy gives K-4 students at all four public elementaries a chance to get their homework done, do activities and have fun - all in a safe environment. It's exciting to listen to students talk about what they do at ET Academy because of their enthusiasm for it.
"We get to have treats and we get to go on the computer," said South third grader Nicole Mechura, 10.
"And we get to do art and do things," fellow third grader Desi Herke, 9, added.
"We build things and write stories," Mechura chimed back.
"And we like working with Eric, too," Herke smiled, referring to Eric Schneider, a Buena Vista University junior, who assists with the after-school academy.
Read the rest of this article in the 1/18 Pilot Tribune.