Redstone Report: Free transportation for students

Buses will transport kids to after-school programs.
Buses will transport kids to after-school programs.

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - School started Monday for many students in the Tennessee Valley, but parents who work on Redstone Arsenal didn't have to worry about picking their kids up. That's because of a transportation and after-school program offered through the Child, Youth and School Services program on Redstone.

As school buses pulled out, taking kids into the new school year, different buses waited to pick them up.

Barbara Williams, the director of Youth Education Support Services, said "We will go to their child's school to pick up their children after school and bring them to our after-school program."

The buses will bring the kids onto Redstone Arsenal, where their parents work. Williams says, "It's very convenient for parents, and parents can actually work a little bit longer and not have to rush out to their child's school and pick them up."

While the transportation is free, the after-school care for K-5th does have a fee based on a family's income. Kids will participate in supervised activities, complete their homework and get a snack. There is no fee for students in grades 6th-12th.

The buses will pick kids up from twenty-one schools in the area. The schools are selected based on demand. If you want to sign your kids up, you can contact the Central Enrollment facility at (256) 876-3704. You can also stop by the Welcome Center, building 3443, on Redstone Arsenal.

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