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After school program under way at Shannon Park

  • Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Vizion Kidz after school group meets on a recent afternoon at Shannon Park. Clockwise from bottom left, students Katie Gaskins, JaShanna Baylock and Inglish Ravenel, founder Sylvia White, and student Justin Brown. STEFAN ROGENMOSER/GAZETTE

 Every day after school, “Vizion Kidz” comes alive.
Eight children full of energy and excitement walked into the room shortly after 2:30 p.m. They signed their names into a notebook and talked boisterously as they put their book bags against the far wall and begin the day’s homework.
Vizion Kidz (pronounced vision kids) founder Sylvia White is soon interacting with the children. “I always liked the Nancy Drew books when I was your age,” she tells one of them.
White operates the after-school educational program for students ages 6 – 13 at Shannon Park Apartments off Central Avenue in Goose Creek.
Currently there are about 15 students in the program that meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Enrollment is free and currently only open to residents of the apartment complex, but White said she plans on growing the operation with a goal of making it countywide.
The Berkeley County Library system’s Friends of the Library group donated books to the program, and White recently partnered with Helping Hands of Goose Creek, a food bank just down the road, to feed her students healthy snacks of fresh fruits and vegetables.
The program’s goal is a lofty one: help children find their visions.
“If children knew their destinies earlier in life they would make more quality decisions concerning their lives,” she said. “The parents have been very receptive of the program here.”
For a recent activity students went through magazines to cut out and display in a collage various things they want to be in life . . . whether they want to be married, pick a career as a model, photographer or teacher or if they want to drive a Maserati and run their own business.
Students took their vision boards home and display them in a place where they see them every day, according to White.
White said she’s in the process of raising $1,500 in order to have a professional photographer give students hands-on information. White is also looking for volunteers. “Usually after-school programs are at school,” she said. “Kids are right here in the neighborhood. Kids love to come here. They’re upset if I’m not here.”
White has 25 years of experience in early childhood education, ranging from a teacher all the way to a director. She spent the last 14 years in those positions at New Life Christian Academy off Liberty Hall Road.
For more information visit Facebook.com/vizionkidznetwork or www.vizionkidz.com.

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