City of Boise, Boise School District Celebrate New After-School Program at Whittier Elementary School

December 9, 2019

The City of Boise’s partnership with the Boise School District to provide after-school programming for students continues to grow. City leaders joined school district officials on Friday, Dec. 6 to celebrate the opening of our newest community center at Whittier Elementary School (255 N. 29th Street).

The opening marks the 9th school-based community center operated by Boise Parks and Recreation in the Boise School District. It brings the total number of community center locations operated by Boise Parks and Recreation within the City of Boise to 11 (including the McMillan Community Center in the West Ada School District and Fort Boise Community Center).

The community center is located inside the brick Whittier Elementary School building that sits next door to the new Whittier Elementary that opened earlier this year.

“It’s an exciting day when we get to expand after-school care for students in Boise,” said Mayor Dave Bieter. “The Boise School District has been an incredible partner and we appreciate the opportunity to provide this much needed service in the West End neighborhood.”

Trained Boise Parks and Recreation team members will lead students in recreational activities, arts and crafts, games and provide homework assistance each day after school. The community center at Whittier serves students in first through fifth grade. The after-school program is free to attend and any child in first through fifth grade can take part, even if they don’t attend Whittier Elementary School.

“We understand how important it is to provide safe places for students after school,” said Doug Holloway, Boise Parks and Recreation Director. “This expansion is an important step in making after-school care accessible to parents and their children across Boise.”

To learn more about the Whittier Community Center and the City of Boise’s other school-based community centers, click here.

Contact: Parks and Recreation Media Relations

(208) 608-7648 | bshelton@cityofboise.org

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