Money will be used to hire internal instructional assistants to supervise after-school free time.

Cornelius Elementary School has received a $15,000 grant from Nike, in partnership with the City of Cornelius, to host an open gym at the school three evenings per week. STAFF PHOTO: OLIVIA SINGER - Cornelius Elementary School will soon host open gym sessions for district students three evenings each week.

The open gym sessions will allow children in the community to have a safe, supervised place to play after school, said principal Angella Graves.

"I think that there are a lot of opportunities in our community for sports and clubs that are very specific, (like) soccer — or we have ballet folklorico here, for example — and other specific clubs," Graves said, "but we don't have any rec space where kids can go and just play what they want to play with their friends after school, where the parents know it will be supervised, it's indoors, it has good lighting, safety, all of those things. Parents can really be assured that their kids will be taken care of."

The gym will be open to students across the district in the third through 12th grades, Graves said. The school may choose to offer one of the evenings to high school students only, likely on Fridays, she suggested.

The grant money will be used to provide staffing to supervise the open gym, hiring internal instructional assistants from the school.

"It is very exciting that we received this grant, and we would not have known about it or been able to submit such a comprehensive application without the support of Rob Drake, city manager of Cornelius," Graves said.

Drake told Graves about the grant, and the two worked on it together last spring, she said. On Friday, Oct. 5, Cornelius Elementary staff found out they were selected.

The official kick-off date for the open gym is still to be determined.

By Olivia Singer
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