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Updated: 08/13/2014 08:14:01AM

Latch-key kids no more

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School starts Wednesday, Aug. 20 and with that comes the question of what to do with elementary- age students after school while parents are working. There are several organizations that offer after school care. Most include homework and tutoring, snacks and fun at reasonable prices.

Lake Country Elementary School provides after care Monday through Friday, from the day’s last school bell until 5:45 p.m. The school offers snacks, homework assistance, and educational games and supervised outdoor play. Registration is required and is $10. Weekly fees are $35 for one child, $65 for two and $85 for three children. Contact the school office at 863-699-5050 for more information.

Lake Placid Elementary School offers a similar after school program. The registration fee is also $10 and weekly fees are $35 for one child, $65 for two students and $20 for each additional student. Hours are Monday through Friday from 2:10 to 5:45 p.m. Call 863-699-5070 for registration information.

The Wee Center at First Baptist Church of Lake Placid will provide transportation from LPE, LCE, and Lakeview Christian schools to its program at 118 E. Royal Palm St. After school hours are Monday through Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. Activities include outdoor play, homework help, snack time, arts and crafts, and Bible lessons. Field trips are offered on days when school is out. The registration fee is $75 and the weekly tuition is $65. Call Vicki Nettles at 863-699-1982 for more information.

First Presbyterian Church will offer children’s choir on Mondays from 2:30 to 4 p.m. The music program is free but does require a free registration. The church offers transportation from LPE, LCE and Lakeview Christians schools. Contact the office at 863-465-2742 for enrollment information.

Heymans Martial Arts offers classes in various styles of martial arts. Sessions are organized into age appropriate classes. Class days vary by class each week. Registration is required and fees apply. Call Sensi Alex Heyman at 863-699-5425 for more information.

Lake Placid Memorial Library will hold children’s sign language for youngsters ages 6 to 12 beginning in September. A Pokemon Club meets at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and is open to the public. Librarian Maria Chenique can be reached at 863-699-3705 for inquires.

The first week of school students will bring home loads of paperwork for parents to sign. In that paperwork activities such as football, baseball, Cub Scouts, Brownies, Girl Scouts and more will be included. Be on the lookout for more opportunities.