Character Counts program begins sixth year of alternative after-school care

Dozens of students gather with coordinators of the Character Counts after-school program at the Paintsville Recreation Center on the program’s first day in 2019.

The Character Counts program began its sixth year on Tuesday, Aug. 13. The program, which provides an alternative to after-school care, is run by the City of Paintsville and currently serves 48 children from schools throughout Johnson County.

Fitness, nutrition, homework and crafts are the cornerstones of the program, according to Bernie Haney, program coordinator.

Students are dropped off at the Paintsville Recreation Center by bus each day and are offered a healthy snack before breaking up into homework groups.

“All their homework is completed before their parent picks them up because I’ve been a parent, and a single parent at that, and when the parent walks through the door, their backpack is zipped up, they’re ready to go home and enjoy their evening with their parents: A home-cooked meal, sports, whatever, and they don’t have to worry about homework,” Haney said.

She also said the facility has a computer room that students may use for reading and math programs.

Other perks of Character Counts include visits from the public library on Tuesdays for story hour and a nutritionist once a month.

For more information about the program or to enroll a child, contact Haney at, (606) 369-8253, or, (606)789-3661.

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