Some commonly asked questions about CROP.
Q Do you have any openings in CROP?
A No, not at this time .
Q Does my child need to qualify for free or reduced lunch or have a disability to be accepted
A Not at this time. We are above our quotas for both criteria.
Q Will my child get individualized help with academics at CROP?
A Honestly, no. We are not a homework program or a tutoring program. We are an academic
enrichment program, meaning that we offer activities to enhance and add to the academic programs
of school. We do allow time for homework in the older two groups, but your child has to be honest
about whether or not he has homework, and be able to do it with the distractions of others working
on other projects. A teen peer tutor is available to help with questions, but is not there to ensure
your child stays on task and completes the homework. Not all the children have homework each
day, so there are quiet activities for them to do each day (i.e. reading, spelling, math games, etc.)
Q Does CROP cost anything?
A No! It is free, but we do ask parents to participate by volunteering, attending parent workshops (2
a year), or share their skills or interests with the program.
Q How is CROP staffed?
A There is an Activity Leader (adult) and a Peer Tutor (teen) for each group. Each group has the
capacity for 20 children. There is an extra peer tutor for the K-1 class, and the 5th-8th grade group
can have as many as 30 children. Therefore, if your child needs a lot of individual attention, CROP
may not be the best choice for your child.
Q Is CROP a school program?
A No. It is provided to the school through the CROP program that is funded by a grant. We are not a
mandated program, therefore we do not have to accept every student that applies. If your child is
not cooperative with the staff, and is uncooperative with the other children, s/he can be asked to
leave the program. This dismissal can be temporary or permanent, based on the discretion of the
Program Director with input from the Site Coordinator.
Q What type of things do you do at CROP?
A Each day the children are served a USDA approved snack, have some chance for outdoor play or
play in the multi-purpose room, a chance to do homework or listen to a story, or join in a spelling or
math game, and then they have an activity. CROP partners with arts groups to bring dance and art
instruction, Learning for Life and Hawk Circle for character education programs, and Girls on
the Run for physical health. The activity leaders plan activities around the interests of the children
as well. Art activities, games, hands-on science, math, cooking, community service projects and
literacy activities are included.
Q How will I know if CROP is for my child?
A Fill out an application from the main office, turn it in and Ann Clark, the Site Coordinator, will call
you and answer your individual questions.