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Providing a place for kids between school and home

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The gap of time between school dismissal and the end of the word day can be problematic for working parents with children in elementary school.

One nonprofit, Ignite a Dream, offers a parents a solution by giving children a productive place to spend those few hours.

Carrie Arsenaelt, founder of the nonprofit, developed the idea as she realized how after-school activities influenced and impacted who she is today. They gave her confidence and something productive to focus on were some of the building blocks of her development.

"When school ends, where are they going to go? They're home alone, they're playing games, sitting on the couch, getting into trouble. Maybe they're depressed, they have no friends,” Arsenaelt said. “This gives them an outlet."

Currently, Ignite a Dream works with three area elementary schools, teaching children how to play soccer and tennis.

"I've met some of the parents too and the moms are coming in after practice and they're thankful as well. And their appreciative spirit really incentivizes us to keep it going," Arsenaelt said.

The program is free for participants, it costs the nonprofit about $150-$200 per child.

Click here learn more about the organization, including how to help.

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