Freeing After-School

Rajin P.
     Our country is based on freedom and fairness.  However, public after school programs want people to pay to be allowed to attend. It is proven that after-school is an important part of child growth and development. Then, students who can’t pay the fees will be deprived of this privilege.  To keep this from happening, students should not pay for after-school programs.
     First, according to the future of kids website (www.futureofchildren.org), the U.S government funds most public after-school program through the Foundation Grant Program (FGP) in the 1990’s. This program allows the government to give yearly money to schools in different communities for their after-school activities. Also, some state government remunerates the programs.  For example, Georgia pays 14 million dollars each year; Iowa pays 3.5 million dollars each year; and so forth.  These payments go toward supplies, trips, activities, and other things.
     Secondly, for the 150% of children ages 6-13 that live in low-income thresholds, they need after-school activities as a time away from home (www.futureofchildren.org).  Also, the less fortunate kids use free after-schools sessions to learn about music, chorus, sports, drawing, painting, and cooking.  It is also proven that kids who go to after-school classes on a habitual basis are far more ahead than their peers academically.  Again, this can create a greater gap for these students.
     However, many people think that students should pay for after-school programs.  It is said that 40% of people think students should pay because the schools with these programs need help with paying bills.  Even though they have sponsors (state governments who like the idea of free after-school activities), they still need extra for other essentials, such as pencils, pens, paper, scissors, strings, etc.  The money given by the parents allows schools to buy their own supplies than use the crummy ones they had from past years.  The schools can also use this money for the future.  Still the money given to them can be used for their many needs. There is more than enough to go around.
        In conclusion, after-school activities should be free for all.  There are so many things people could do to help prevent this from going on further.  Anyone could write letters to city hall, organize petitions, and give speeches.   After-school is supposed to help children, but that doesn’t mean they have to pay for it.  Lastly the joy, laughter, and learning in of after-school shouldn’t have a price on it.