The success of the Kennett After-School Association’s After-The-Bell program is due to the collaboration of many. The Kennett After-School Association enjoys a strong partnership with the Kennett Consolidated School District which offers invaluable support by providing use of the Kennett Middle School facility for the After-The-Bell program; moreover, the faculty and administration support the program with their personal financial and volunteer contributions.
The Kennett -After-School Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supported by community gifts, foundation grants, and the United Way of Southern Chester County. After-The-Bell is free to the students and comes at no direct cost to the taxpayer or the school district. After-The-Bell collaborates with many community organizations, local businesses, and other non-profits for activities, volunteers, and program space.
Please view our annual report for a complete listing of our supporters.
Key Program Features
- Fall, Winter, and Spring Cycles
- Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 2:35pm to 5:00pm
- A wide variety of Academic, Recreational, Social, and Cultural activities to meet the varied interests of Middle School Students.
- Free After-School program provided at no direct cost to the school district or taxpayer.
- Free healthy snack
- Free transportation home for all students every day.
KMS School to Watch Designation Cites After-The-Bell
Across the US there are more than 13,000 public school districts, and within Pennsylvania there are 500 school districts. So it is no easy feat for any one school to stand out from the crowd. But thanks in part to the commitment and spirit of the volunteers, students and staff of After-The-Bell, Kennett Middle School has received recognition as a School to Watch by the National Forum for Middle-Grades Reform. This designation was bestowed upon only 341 public middle schools in the United States and only 33 in Pennsylvania.
Here at After-The-Bell, we were deeply honored to be informed that the Forum cited our program as the top reason for this prestigious designation. Everyone at Kennett Middle School was understandably thrilled when the announcement was made, no one more so then Principal Lorenzo DeAngelis.
“After-The-Bell is an integral piece of Kennett Middle School and to our recognition as a School to Watch,” Principal DeAngelis said “The Schools to Watch committee was absolutely impressed that we not only have an after-school program for our students, but that we have an AMAZING after school program for our students. After-The-Bell allows our students to shine in many ways and on a multitude of platforms, which is a major criteria for Schools to Watch. We are very grateful to house this program in our building.”
The dedication of our volunteers at After-The-Bell are the key to our success and should feel proud of the role they played in the honor that has been bestowed on Kennett Middle School For 16 years, our volunteers have made it possible for more than 4,000 6th, 7th, and 8th graders to have safe, structured and meaningful after school activities. We are humbled that the Forum recognized the extraordinary benefits of this program for the local school community and the families that live in the Kennett Consolidated School District.