Starting this fall, students in the after-school program at Puente del Pueblo-Main Park have a lot more room to learn and grow! Thanks to a new partnership, the program is now meeting at Indian Knoll Elementary School in West Chicago.

The program, which serves grades 2nd-8th grades, met at Faith Community Church since it began in May 2013. “While the church was a blessing, the program outgrew the building and more space was needed,” says Rosie Delgado, Puente del Pueblo-Main Park Site Coordinator. “After discussing options with Indian Knoll, the principal and staff welcomed us with open arms. We have been so blessed!”

Along with more space, the after-school program now enjoys every educational perk the school offers. “We have access to a full computer lab, library, art room, classrooms and playground!” says Rosie. Being onsite has allowed Puente’s elementary teachers to create closer relationships with their students’ school teachers, social workers and counselors. “We also worked with the district to have our middle school program bussed to Indian Knoll so our team and our students from Main Park could continue to be together.”

According to Rosie, the expansion of the after-school program is just one more way Puente del Pueblo-Main Park can serve families in the community. “Families see us as part of their family—they see Puente as a resource they can call if they have a problem,” she says. “They also see us as advocates for their students. Puente makes a difference because it makes families feel valued and noticed. I’m excited to see Puente-Main Park flourish, to see families prosper and students succeed.”