Campaign 3 P.M.

By Kate Gaier
5:00 pm December 6, 2006

Campaign 3 P.M. is designed to give kids something to do after school when parental supervision is lacking. Law enforcement officers say children left unsupervised can lead to a bad outcome.

SGT Ricky Singletary with the Thomasville Police Department said, "Before parents get home, if kids are left unattended or unsupervised they have a tendency to do things that they normally wouldn't do if someone was there to watch them."

That's where The Boys and Girls Club comes in with "Campaign 3 P.M." The program runs daily from 3 to 6 and is geared for ages 6 through 19. Organizers hope these supervised after-school programs will keep more kids off the streets and out of trouble.

Ondrea Davis, program director at the Boys and Girls Club, said, "That two and half hour span, three hour span that you're working, you need to know your child is safe at a positive engaging environment."

A positive environment is exactly what the program offers. It also has mandatory homework time to make sure children are hitting the books and staying on the right track to a bright future.

Felicia Morris has a nine-year-old daughter in the program and said, "It is very important to know that she's in a safe environment. At the same time it's even more important to know they're caring about her education."

It’s a campaign to keep kids off the streets and out of trouble.

The Boys and Girls Club is in the middle of constructing a new teen center which will allow more after school programs to keep kids occupied.