After-The-Bell is sponsored by the Kennett After-School Association abbreviated as KASA.
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Kennett After-School Association Founders
Our founders were people who identified a challenge and rose to meet it.
In 1997, The Episcopal Church of the Advent presented the results of A Time to Listen to the Kennett Community. This report was the result of a community listening study that focused on the quality of life in Kennett Square. Over one hundred community members were interviewed. The study identified a need for after-school programming for middle school aged students. John and Denise Wood along with the late Marshall Newton led the effort to create the Kennett After-School Association founded in 1998 to fill this need. The result of their hard work, dedication, and love for the youth of the Kennett Square community is a unique program called After-The-Bell. The program name was created by a middle school student.
Kennett After-School Association (KASA) Founders: John Wood, Denise Wood, and Marshall Newton
“It is your hearts, heads, and hands which bring new experiences to these young people at a crucial stage of their lives.” John Wood expressing his heartfelt gratitude to the After-The-Bell volunteers during the Kennett After-School Association 10th Anniversary Celebration – May 2009