Afterschool Program

Young people in grades K-12 come to Laughlin Chapel for afterschool activities Monday through Thursday during the academic year. Transportation is provided to the Chapel by Ohio County Schools or by the Chapel's own bus.

The daily afterschool schedule includes a snack, homework help, and academic skills reinforcement. In addition, kids participate in enrichment activities such as music with Wheeling Symphony, classes with Oglebay Institute, weekly trips to the Ohio County Library, Girl Scouts, and art.

The Chapel employs classroom staff for the afterschool program. Additional assistance is provided by education majors and other students from West Liberty University, Waynesburg University, Wheeling Jesuit University, West Virginia Northern Community College, and Bethany College.

At 5:00 each evening, the children enjoy a nutritious meal at the Chapel Kids' Cafe. They are transported to their homes by school bus. The average attendance in the afterschool program is 125 students, and the program is operated 33 weeks each year.

Programs for Middle and High School students continue after dinner Monday through Thursday. The group is led by Chapel staff, assisted by student volunteers from area colleges. The youth enjoy recreation in the gym, plan service projects, participate in programs about health, career planning, social and personal issues, and assist in clean-up after dinner.

Once evening each week is devoted to editing the reports submitted from teachers to produce Laughlin Chapel's monthly newsletter. They also participate in community events such as Martin Luther King Day, African American Heritage Day, Social Action day, West Virginia Day, Miracle Christmas Concert, and other events when asked.

Annual enrollment in the evening youth program is approximately 60 students, with a daily participation of 30 young people.