Centre College’s highly impactful After School Program (ASP) will soon have a new home.
As part of the South Fields soccer complex project, the College is renovating the former Premier Limousine building situated on the corner of Roy Arnold Boulevard and Russell Street. This 3,000-square-foot free-span building will house ASP, and also provide space for fitness and recreation programs, with a targeted completion date of April 15, 2016.
Now in its sixth year, ASP is a completely Centre student-run endeavor that seeks to teach and mentor students from elementary through high school. The program serves nearly 50 students, including English as Second Language (ESL) students, and more than 70 volunteers give their time per term. Currently, the program uses the Chowan building on Centre’s campus, where they have desks, donated computers and a place to store supplies. Soon the program could expand to more than 60 students and more than 80 volunteers.
Genny Ballard, associate professor of Spanish and ASP’s faculty advisor, said that the organization is excited to move into the new space.
“Centre facilities staff and the administration have been supportive and asked for input from the student leaders of the After School Program on the design of the areas we will use for tutoring,” she explained. “It feels great to have the College recognize the hard work that over 70 Centre students do per week at ASP—work that goes a long way to make connections with children in our community.”
Construction began on the soccer complex last fall. The College utilized sustainable practices during the demolition, recycling about 70 percent of the site. In addition to the 75-by-120-yard natural grass field, seating for 500, patio area and press box, a 7,000-square-foot-building will be constructed with four locker rooms for five teams that will compete at the South Fields area (men’s soccer, women’s soccer, field hockey, women’s lacrosse and softball), as well as athletic training space and public restrooms.
The College is hopeful both the field and the new building will be ready for use at the start of the Fall 2016 semester.
by Elise L. Murrell
February 9, 2016