Karen Shores Hired to Oversee After-School Program
Lincoln County School District’s after-school program is under new leadership, with the hiring of Karen Shores as director of LCSD’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers.
Shores has lived in Lincoln County for nearly 15 years, and comes to the school district with many successful years of grant writing, fiscal management, and fundraising experience.
The after-school program offers a safe place for students to study and socialize with peers. The daily schedule includes a nutritious snack, specialized tutoring sessions by a licensed teacher, homework help, transportation, and one hour of hands-on STEAM activities. Currently, close to 400 students are enrolled in the program, with a waiting list at three of the sites.
In her new position, Shores oversees staff, volunteers, and services at six after-school sites located throughout the county, and collaborates with staff at two partner sites. The program’s purpose is to provide a diversity of activities that engage youth and build their self-confidence, resiliency, and interpersonal skills, while reinforcing academic learning, including an emphasis on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) subjects.
Shores says she is very blessed to be living on the Alsea River with her family, where they enjoy the outdoors, including pedal-boating and salmon fishing. “The most important thing to me is my family, and because living a healthy lifestyle is important to us, I enjoy creating products and meals for them that are natural and organic,” she added.
Shores replaces Joyce Thompson Graham, who has left the area for another job opportunity.
“I am a very happy person who strives to create a positive work environment for my staff, which will translate into a rewarding experience for the students in our program,” Shores says. “I look forward to partnering with others in our community who care about the well-being of children and will join us in helping to create a quality enrichment program.”
For more information on LCSD’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers, whether enrolling a student, volunteering or providing other support to the program, call Shores at 541-336-2528.