Photo by Lorie Palmer
Anissa Burgess and Abigail Cartright are employed by Kids Klub, Inc.
As of Tuesday, September 23, 2014
GRANGEVILLE — Two new faces have joined the ranks at Kids Klub, Inc., this year.
Anissa Burgess and Abigail Cartright were hired as employees for the youth development program for the 2014-15 school year.
“I love working with children and this job fell right into what I was looking for,” said Burgess. She graduated from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston with a degree in elementary education. She has close family friends in Kooskia where she currently lives.
Cartright is a senior at Grangeville High School. She is in the select Varsity Blue Choir and is also on student council and a member of FCCLA.
“I enjoy working with the kids of all ages,” she said. “They are funny and so full of energy.”
Burgess works five days a week, starting early M-W-F. as she works with the Kinder Ready preschool program in the morning, assisting teachers Kristi Keeler and Cindy Godfrey. Cartright comes in after her last class, which is sixth hour, and stays until 6 p.m. each school day. All four ladies work with the afterschool program.
Kinder Ready has 16 participants and Kids Klub has about 35 kids daily. Different children attend various days, depending on their own schedules, their parents’ work schedules and what is happening at Kids Klub.
“We are full right now,” said Keeler. “We’ve had a great response to the programs.”
Keeler said this is the first year since 2000 that Kids Klub has not had an AmeriCorps compensated volunteer. The local program, which was run through Lewis-Clark State College, was not federally funded this year, so Kids Klub made the decision to hire two employees.
“We have a ratio of adult-per-child we need to adhere to,” she said.
Burgess said she especially enjoys working with the young children.
“They are eager to learn and believe me, there’s never a dull day,” she laughed. In her spare time she likes to read, spend time with her yellow lab, Taffy, and be with her family and friends.
Cartright said she loves to sing and enjoys the opportunity when Varsity Blue sings for people in the community.
“Their reactions, the way their faces light up – I really enjoy that,” she smiled.
Kids Klub was started in the late 1990s and is now housed at Grangeville Elementary Middle School in the junior high wing. The program offers a variety of activities including science, math and reading enrichment, outdoor play, cooking, art, music and sharing. The program mainly serves children preschool through fifth grade but also works with various middle school programs. Call Kids Klub at 983-2285.