Gooding church debuts RISE program to fill after school programs gap

GOODING, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) A Gooding church is aiming to fill the need for after school programs in the area.

The Gooding First Christian Church launched its Rise After School and hopes to provide a safe and educational enviroment for students.

"A place where they can be cared for, given some help maybe with maybe some school things, homework, or in classwork," said Senior Minister Scott Williams.

Williams explained how they had conversations with school officials about providing an after school program for students and eventually opened its doors on Jan 17.

He said volunteers consist of members of the church, school administrators, including the district's school resource officer. The church hopes it can inspire the community to provide similar services for students.

"As we see more kids coming and the community seeing a value in it, that there will be others that would want to step in and maybe partner with us or even see a different need and that we can work with the community to meet a need," Williams said.

For now the program is only open to middle school students and runs on Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

For more information on the program you can contact the church at (208) 934-4542

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