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    WELCOME: From left, Tracy Sutton, Jade Edwards and Yvette Bowman are looking forward to welcoming students to Horsham Salvation Army’s Kidzone. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Salvos' after-school program returns for new year

For a small group of Horsham primary school students, the learning will continue well after today’s final school bell rings.

Horsham Salvation Army is returning with its first after-school Kidzone session today at its Kids Church building from 3.45pm to 5.15pm.

The free program, which runs every Wednesday during school terms, welcomes students from grades two to six for games, crafts and skill-building.

Horsham Salvation Army officer Tracy Sutton said program leaders aimed to teach children valuable life skills during each session, in addition to providing a host of fun activities.

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“We have food, games and craft. But we also share a Bible story, obviously as a Christian organisation, that is always focused on life skills. Such as, ‘when life gives you lemons, make lemonade’,” she said.

“There’s also other skills like learning to love each other, resilience and persistence. The children love coming. It’s really good.”

Mrs Sutton said the program started in term three last year and had about eight children attending each week.

She said she hoped more people would join this year. 

“We have about eight children, which is alright for a program that has only been running for a few terms, but we’re hoping to get the word out,” she said.

“It’s a free program, parents just have to drop off their kids and pick them up. 

“And the leaders that help with the program are all former Christian special religious instruction teachers from schools.

“Our kids also have the opportunity to go on camps as well, where they get the chance to mix with new people, make new friends and try new things.”

– Lotte Reiter

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