DALLAS- Fort Worth's police chief says it makes his job a dream; an after-school program is unlike any other in North Texas and its Monday's "After The Bell" report.
Children in the Fort Worth after-school programs have made a big impact on the city of Fort Worth. Over the past 10 years, more than 45,000 children have participated in Fort Worth After School. In 1999, the city, the police department and the Fort Worth Independent School District committed to funding after-school programs to keep kids off the streets.
Police Chief Jeff Halstead says at the time this level of collaboration was unheard of in a large city.
"This is a dream," he said. "And to be a police chief for a city that has it is just unbelievable because it's one giant concern that's taken off because of partnership and leadership, and we get to actually reap the rewards of that."
Fort Worth After School serves about 12,000 students per day, like 10-year-old Malik Recanser.
"If you're struggling in reading you can go to reading," Recanser said. "If you're struggling in science you can go to science. It helps you become a better basketball player. We have poetry class, choir. You become a lot of things you learn after school."
Forth Worth After School provides programming at 85 city schools, many of which are in the most under-served areas of Forth Worth.
"The most exciting thing we've seen is that we have seen a positive correlation to improved attendance," said Dr. Melody Johnson, Fort Worth ISD's superintendent. "It's affected the kids personally, socially and academically."