Coston Elementary student flock to after-school program

Coston Elementary student flock to after-school program

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Coston Elementary School in Lufkin is rolling out a new program to help student and parents stay active. The school recently added several after school clubs to their agenda.

Fourth grader Ta'Mya Graham said she now looks forwards to spending her afternoons at school.

"I have Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday where I have a lot of fun activities to do," Graham said.

Coston Elementary is now one of a few elementary schools in the Lufkin Independent School District which offers after- school clubs.

Oscar Encarnacion, the assistant principal at Coston Elementary, said the school recently made the decision to offer these clubs as a way to get students connected and involved in school.

"Our students decided that they wanted a soccer and basketball club," Encarnacion said.

Students can choose from one of six clubs offered. Encarnacion said a lot of the parent work full-time and or don't have the means to put their kids in an after school program, so they decided to give them an extra hand.

Gustavo Monsante teaches language art at Coston and said that students definitely look forward to their after-school activities

"During the day, they are focused, but then after school, they are more relaxed and able to express themselves," Monsante said.

Monsante said these clubs also help prepare the students for secondary education.

As of now, the clubs are offered once a month but both Monsante and Encarnacion said once things get off the ground, they hope to be able to offer the clubs twice a week.

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