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Varsity Club returns to elementary schools

August 24, 2012
Emily Siegmon - News Staff Writer , The Alpena News

ALPENA - After careful consideration and changes to the program, the Alpena Varsity Club will continue for its second year, as a before- and after-school program located at Besser, Ella White and Hinks elementary schools.

"We are definitely 100 percent on. We will be running things a little differently, with a lot more organization," Director Quin Curley said.

Curley said the Varsity Club is housed through Alpena Public Schools, offering programs at Besser, Ella White, and Hinks, but new this year, Immanuel Lutheran students will be offered afternoon sessions.

"We've gotten a lot of support from APS. We just want parents to know we're up and running and to show kids what we do at the Varsity Club," she said.

According to Curley, some of the other major changes that will occur in this year's programming include teachers becoming their own directors, changes to staffing, and the program is under new corporate management.

"Alpena is under new corporate management. They decided a year wasn't long enough time to see if the program is successful," she said. "We're working hard and we have a good staff in place this year."

The centers will open officially Sept. 4, but Varsity Club representatives will be available to meet with parents and students during each sites open house, and will have a booth set up and other information.

"We're also exploring the option of opening a pre-school in Besser for three or four year olds. If there is enough interest by January we'll open one," Curley said.

Anyone interested in signing up for the preschool program can call Curley at 358-5993.

Emily Siegmon can be reached via e-mail at or by phone at 358-5687.



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