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Imagine you are a seven-year-old whoses parents work until five each night When you come home after school there is no one home with you What could you get into You might know right from wrong but you still might get yourself into some trouble Just out of plain curiosity you might get into something or an accident could happen without you even being involved in it But I say there is a way to stop this from ever happening I think we should either keep schools open longer or introduce more after school programs Many advantages would come from either of these ideas For one the parents would not have to be in a state of worry about whether their child is safe at home or in trouble Plus you always have that added guilt about not being able to help your kids with their homework Now with either longer days or more after school programs a lot of stress could be taken away from your family No more having to pay for sitters which could stress out a families finances Also the dangers of the kids being home and getting into trouble would be cut down severely And also with the longer days or more after school programs parents would be able to get home at least one parent would be home to pick their kids off the bus I wanted to suggest some programs I feel would help out with the problem at hand These programs would be a reading and math after school program One program I would suggest is a reading after school program It is said that today too many children fail to read at a level we would expect for the grade they are in In a study done in 1998 the National Assessment of Educational Progress found that thirty eight percent of our nations fourth graders failed to read at the basic level That fact
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