By Ian Heisey, republished from the Family Matters in West Park newspaper, Winter 2016 edition
Some call it “6 to 8,” others the “Night Program.” The official name is“Schools As Neighborhood Resources” and whatever you call it, it means that West Park families can benefit from access to their brand new high school and free programs that go with it.
John Marshall is open from 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and offers a variety of programs for all ages now through the end of April. Participants of the program include senior citizens all the way down to younger elementary students.
Currently the menu of options that are offered every night include: basketball, arts and crafts, tutoring, line dance, and table tennis. Indoor soccer is offered on Wednesdays and there will be a free meal for ages 5-18 on all three nights.
The program is coordinated by Gary Galaszewski, a health and physical education teacher at John Marshall who is also the swim team coach for John Marshall. He said the fact that the program has returned to John Marshall after several years at Artemus Ward has brought more space and the potential for more programs. Attendance has been very strong so far since the program opened on Nov. 4th.
“We’re always looking to add more stuff, absolutely,” Galaszewski said. We’ve got plenty of space if anybody wants to come and use it.”
The program provides the space for free for neighborhood groups to hold meetings, or people could offer a poetry, martial arts, or an exercise class for example.
For more information about the schedule or to request space, email Gary or call John Marshall and leave a message for him at 216-838-6000.