Teaching kids more than just how to complete their homework, the Casa Care after school program is holding registration today (Friday) from 5-6 p.m. at the Casa Care facility located at 1501 North Grant. Director Ruthie Garcia will be holding the signups for the parents who have children who might need or benefit from the program. The after school program is the first step in providing help to local members of the community. The program is designed to provide educational, cultural and spiritual guidance to elementary school children. With state licensing as a fundamental requirement to the facility, only first through fourth graders are eligible for the current program. In the past, only students in grades one through three were allowed. This will be the first year that fourth graders will be permitted to enroll. Staffed by director Ruthie Garcia, teacher Sonya Gonzalez and Rosa Sandoval, the center relies heavily upon volunteer efforts to effectively run the program. “Most of these children need one-on-one help with their schoolwork,” said Garcia. “A few adult volunteers come in for one hour one day a week in the afternoon to work with the kids and the benefits are tremendous.” The Casa Care program is still in need of volunteers who are available for as little as one hour during the late afternoon one time each week. “Adult males are our greatest need as all children benefit from positive male role models,” said Garcia. “The facility also relies heavily on monetary donations from the community. Recently, a garage sale held by local business Curves for Women netted $632.75 which was donated to the center. Other individuals and groups such as the United Methodist Women and Catherine Powell continue to give their generous donations,” she added. To volunteer time or other resources, contact Casa Care at 597-6058 between 3 and 5 p.m. weekdays. Parents of prospective students are reminded that there is a nominal fee for each student enrolled.