THE MISSION of the Housing Authority of Bowling Green’s After School Program is provide for students in grades K-12, a positive and safe learning environment to develop the necessary tools to increase academic performance, leadership and life-long learning. The Housing Authority of Bowling Green continues to serve the students in and around residential sites in the Bryant Way, Phenix Place and the Summit View/Gordon Ave developments. With recent budgets cuts we were forced to close down the Learning Center of Phenix Place and Bryant Way. With generous help from the Burton Memorial Baptist Church and approximately 50 WKU volunteer students, services for approximately 25 students continue three (3) days a week at our Bryant Way location. This great volunteer effort has reduced the financial burden on the HABG Learning Center budget, costing us only the salary of one staff member, utilities for the building, and the purchase of computers for academic use. Through this great partnership, academic enrichment, tutoring and after-school care continues to assist the students and their families of Bryant Way.
For seven (7) weeks throughout the summer, academic learning continues through the Summer Academic Enrichment Camp. Forming strong partnerships with both the Warren County Public Schools (WCPS) and Bowling Green Independent School Districts (BGISD), the role of the HABG Learning Center thus becomes one of liaison between the students’ respective schools and their families. This would not be possible if not for the commitment on the part of Superintendents Mr. Rob Clayton (WCPS) and Mr. Joe Tinius (BGISD). Coordinating with Superintendents, Principals and other school administrators, we are able to develop an educational curriculum focusing on an increase in the academic areas of math, science, literacy, personal develop and practical living skills. Modifying the Kentucky Department of Education Combined Curriculum and the Bowling Green Independent School District Core Content Curriculums, the programming has proven to increase academic knowledge of each student and increased overall educational outcomes. With the gracious help from the BGISD and the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service, breakfast and lunch is served daily to 130 students attending summer camp.
|Main Learning Center||Phenix Place Learning Center||Bryant Way Learning Center|
|247 Double Springs Rd
|417 Gayle Way
|949 Bryant Way L-1
Students throughout the 2015-2016 calendar year will have the opportunity to experience such activities-
- WKU Football games with tickets donated by the WKU Athletic Foundation
- WKU Spring Orchestra
- Concert in the park
- Personal tours of the SKYPAC
- Day at Jackson’s Orchard
- Trunk-A-Treat at First Christian Church
- Pop’s Christmas Symphony
- Annual Christmas Symphony
- Circus Square Fountain- Water Day
- Day at the Movies
- Louisville Science Center
- Tai Chi Academy
- HABG Student Youth Voices Choir & Bowling Green-Warren County Bar Association, Law Day
- WKU/HABG Healthy Children and Education – The mission of this program is to prepare students to be productive, engaged, and socially responsible citizen leaders of a global society. It provides research, service and lifelong learning opportunities for its constituents. WKU is responsible for stewarding a high quality of life for those within its reach. This project is directly aligned with the mission through its provision of preparing students to do good work in public health by providing research and service learning opportunities. Further, developing healthy lifestyles about Bowling Green residents directly impacts the quality of life in the community that WKU calls home.
- K.U. Confucius Institute – For the past three summers, students from the HABG Learning Center have traveled to China for fifteen (15) days through the month of July. The first year, seven (7) students were chosen (3) the second year, and this year five (5) high school students visited China as part of a collaborative effort between the HABG Learning Center and the W.K.U. Confucius Institute. These students are selected based on their academic achievement and desire to strive for bigger and better things in life. These students must also fundraise in order to participate in the trip by hosting yard sales, selling raffle tickets, car washes, as well as completing volunteer hours. The mission of the Confucius Institute at WKU is promoting the understanding of Chinese language and culture through children’s programming, training courses, cultural workshops and events. These five deserving students will travel to many providences in China studying the Chinese language, experiencing the culture and visiting such attractions as Tian’anmen Square, the Forbidden City, Lao She Tea House, the Great Wall, the Longmen Grottoes, the Shaolin Temples, the burial of the Terra-cotta Warriors and many other great attractions. This once in a lifetime experience, is life changing for each student and changes their perspectives of the Chinese culture.
- Southcentral Kentucky Community & Technical College- Beginning in June with the start of our summer program, student in 6th, 7th and 8th grades also participate in a summer camp with SKYCTC. This camp focuses on career planning and for many of our students starts the process of planning for future careers. The students in this camp travel to the SKYCTC campus to explore career opportunities such as graphic design, nursing and healthcare careers, computer programming etc. For many of our students this opportunity is the first that they have to explore different career fields and learn that they can truly be whatever they desire if they are willing to put in the work.