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Middle school in Gladstone expanding the programs by adding an array of new activities

Knowing that clubs and activities help students connect with their school, parents and staff at Kraxberger Middle School are expanding the after-school programs by adding an array of new activities.

Omar Cham and Eric Hanson have found Kraxbergers Gearheads Robotics Club a good way to connect with a positive peer group while learning technology skills like computer programming."Clubs and activities in the early teen years bring students some important assets they need to thrive," said Principal Len Reed. "Every teen needs an adult mentor, a positive peer group, and the opportunity to build skills as they pursue a personal passion."

New clubs in the fall session will include Art Club, Knitting, Magic Monday, and Recreational Volleyball. Four additional four to six week sessions will offer different clubs in rotation, from cooking and running to Battle of the Books and drama.

The school also has some established clubs that will continue, from Electronics Recycling and two competitive robotics teams to the KAOS after school program, which offers a variety of activities throughout the year.

"We know kids who get involved in after-school activities have improved attendance and are more likely to succeed academically," said Vice Principal Jeff Waters. "Our hope is that every Kraxberger student will find a place to belong and meet new friends who share their interests."

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