Bakersfield after-school programs hope to interest children in college, sciences, engineering

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Thousands of kids are back in the classroom and while a big chunk of their day will be spent at school, what you do with them after school is just as important.

After school programs are a key way for students to extend their school day according to Deanna Clarke with Bakersfield City School District.

In BCSD alone Clarke says their are more than 5,000 children involved in the after school program.

Activities range from gardening and nutrition to robotics and crime scene investigating--all with one goal in mind--children's futures.

"Many of them are going to be engaged in working on computers, working on robotics, engineering, and science," Clark said. "We're hoping this is going to be the bridge that gets them interested in college and the workplace."

Clarke wants any interested parents to sign their kids up fast because the after school programs kick-off tomorrow.

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