Boise Parks and Recreation has opened its first school-based community center in the West Ada School District.
The community center, which hosts a free after-school program for students in grades one through five, is located at McMillan Elementary School. The center, called McMillan Kid City, held its first after-school program, along with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, on Monday.
“Providing safe places for students to learn and thrive after school is a key component to our recreational programming,” said Boise Mayor Dave Bieter in a news release. “We are proud of the positive impacts Boise Parks and Recreation’s after school programs have had in Boise schools and we are excited to expand this service to the West Ada community.”
McMillan Kid City is managed by trained Boise Parks and Recreation employees, who host recreational activities, art projects and social games. Staff will encourage students to complete homework assignments. And a free snack is provided by West Ada School Nutrition Services.
The after-school program is open every school day, from the end of the school day until 6:30 p.m. The program is free, and any student in grades one through five can attend, even students who don’t go to McMillan Elementary School.
“We are so excited to partner with Boise Parks and Recreation on this wonderful opportunity for our students and families at McMillan Elementary and our surrounding elementary schools,” said McMillan Principal Kris McGrath in the release. “The program will provide a safe environment for our students after school as well as continue their learning through positive interactions and activities.”
Boise Parks and Recreation operates eight school-based community centers in the Boise School District. Another center, located at Whittier Elementary School in Boise, is scheduled to open this fall.
McMillan Elementary School is located at 10901 W. McMillan Road, Boise. For information on McMillan Kid City, visit cityofboise.org or call 208-608-7600.