Ecker Hill starts homework club |

Ecker Hill starts homework club

Ecker Hill International Middle School is starting a homework club next Monday to help kids after school. "You know what, there’s just so many kids who need that structured place to get their homework done," said Sherrie Peterson, the school’s vice principal. Last year, the Boys and Girls Club ran an after-school homework club at Ecker Hill with a grant from the United Way. But that grant money ran out at the end of the 2004-05 school year. "It was a nice way for kids to come get their homework done," Peterson said. "It was a good thing for all of us." But recognizing the value of a homework club, Ecker Hill officials dedicated some of the school’s land trust money to fund the club. Spanish teacher Patricia Munoz will supervise the club. Peterson describes Munoz as "very popular with the kids." Last year, about 15 students came regularly to the homework club, Peterson said. She’s not sure how many will come this year, as grade realignment almost doubled the size of Ecker Hill. "We’re huge now, we have 700 students," Peterson said. "We’re hoping there will be quite a few students taking advantage of it." The homework club will run from 3:45 to 4:45 in the school’s media center, and a late bus will run to transport kids who stay there. Anyone can drop into the club any day, but to ride the bus, parents must contact Ecker Hill faculty Meri-Lyn Stark or Paula Loboschefsky. Sixth-graders who live 1.5 miles away from the school or seventh-graders who live two miles away are eligible to ride the bus free. Those with additional questions can call Peterson or Ecker Hill Principal Greg Proffit at 645-5610.

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