Swing for the Kids

Friday, August 24, 2018

A Golf Tournament benefiting the FUMC Waynesville Middle School After School Program

Join us in supporting FUMC Waynesville's Free Middle School After School Program. Open everyday from 3-5pm and free to any middle school youth in Haywood County. To learn more or register your child, click here.

Teams of 4 will play Friday, August 24th for a chance to win prizes & raise money for our Haywood County youth. Sign up indivudally or as a foursome. For more information about the tournament or about becoming a sponsor, contact swingforthekidsnc@gmail.com or Mike Blackburn at 828-226-3363. 

About the After School Program

The First United Methodist Church of Waynesville’s After School Program began in August of 2016 after the principal at Waynesville Middle School, members of law enforcement, and the Department of Social Services brought forth a need for safe, supervised after school care for middle school students. The absence of safe, supervised after school care had left middle school students to wander the area without parameters. Conveniently located just up the street from Waynesville Middle School, our church had the perfect facility to host an after school program for middle school students. We were able to use endowment funds to staff the program through its first year.

After these community leaders expressed concern, the FUMC After School Program opened its doors for students to have a safe place with supervision to be after school.  This program is helpful for students and parents.  Students can walk directly to the youth area at FUMC and stay until 5 o’clock when they are picked up by a parent or guardian.  Students receive a snack upon arrival and are able to choose to play sports outside, watch movies, play video games, play board games, or work on homework. Students are supervised by 4-5 program staff.  The staff engages the students by investing time and building relationships to support these students.  Parents can be confident that their child is safe and supervised.

This program has grown since beginning in 2016.  There were 130 students registered for the 2016-2017 school year.  As of April of the 2017-2018 school year, there are 170 students registered.  The program continues to grow and fill a need in the community.  This program was started using funds specifically allocated for new programs. Because the program is no longer new, it is now funded through individual donations and the general fund of First United Methodist Church of Waynesville.  Our goal with Swing for the Kids is to fully fund this program for a year so that the church budget can be used to answer more needs of our community.