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Fly into After 3 with a Drone!

This photo was taken with one of our drones!


We have a drone for you to fly!


Did you know about the great things drones are helping with in our world today? They are helping farmers by doing aerial surveys of crops, , selling homes, putting out wildfires, transporting medicine and delivering pizza!  While we may not see these things yet in Bedford County, we are still excited to fly our drones with you.  We'll set automatic courses, take great photos and videos and learn so much.

A student works on completing her project at Summer Camp
This great project was made during Summer Camp by a 7th grade student

Stained Glass is New at After 3

Join us to make your own stained glass project!  We will learn how to cut glass safely, grinding, soldering and finishing skills

Come and see the beautiful things that you can make yourself.  We have all of the tools, safety equipment and supplies you will need. Here are a few projects from our Summer Camp. The students had so much fun! The students chose their own projects, the colors and style of glass and were guided by our instructors on how to complete their projects.  So many students made interesting and creative designs! The After 3 coordinators are excited to see what their students create!

The verdict is in - After 3 helps kids!

A rigorous local evaluation of the Bedford County 21st Century After School program showed lots of positives.

The program is providing academic, attendance and emotional and social support to its students.

Teachers told us that many students who needed improvement did improve socially, emotionally and academically in some critically important ways during the school year.

After school students, like the general district populations, maintained high attendance; a majority of those who did not have 95 percent attendance the previous year improved or did not decline in 2015-16.

More than 80 percent of students who regularly attended the program maintained an 85 percent average or above in math and reading.

Parents were engaged in after school activities - sites averaged 70% of students having parents attend at least one after school activity during the year, however this is a drop from earlier years when the program could provide a meal with activities.

Students and parents both reported high satisfaction with the program. Staff reported high satisfaction with the program.

A new Program Quality Assessment system brought to the forefront items that are proven to positively impact student engagement and ultimately academic, social and emotional performance. The system provides a way to measure and track individual site and program wide goals toward meeting these measures.

And while the program fell short in some State Performance targets, in many of those areas comparisons to a control group indicate that regular attendees showed significant positive academic gains compared to the control. E-mail the project director if you'd like more information about the evaluation.

Bedford Springs - Hope For Hyndman
James Pipers Sword- NBC
Monacan Indians - NBC
The Last Letter - Hope For Hyndman

Want to know what bathing was like in the 19th century? Or how musket balls were made in 1780? Or how James Piper’s lost sword was rediscovered after two centuries? Or the emotions of a Civil War soldier’s family when they read his last letter home?

These and many other stories are showcased in student-created videos made as part of the Bedford County 21st Century Community Learning Center Consortium after school program’s “Bedford County Heritage Project.” Through a partnership with the Bedford Heritage Trust, both elementary and secondary students create short videos that are designed to help students bring the county’s history to life.

Students visit Fort Bedford Museum each year and teams chose artifacts to inspire their creation of 3-5 minute videos that showcased events or life in the county’s history.

“Teams work extremely hard on their projects and many show  extraordinary creativity,” said Lyn Skillington, project director for the countywide consortium. “Most have had no prior experience in working as part of a team on a longterm project, let alone understanding the creative and technical skills necessary to produce videos that could bring their vision to life and there are many excellent videos created each year by student teams in both our elementary programs (grades 2-5) and secondary programs (grades 6th-12th).

At the end of each year, winners in many categories are chosen to be honored at a "Red Carpet" awards ceremony, with winning videos shown to all county After 3 and After School students. Winning videos are posted on the project's You Tube channel.

Click here to see James Piper's Sword - Northern Bedford Winner, Secondary Division, "Outstanding Achievement in Creative Production," Northern Bedford County Middle-Senior High School