PEER (Phoenix Elementary Enrichment Resources) is a before and after school program provided at no cost to students of working parents in Phoenix Elementary School District #1. PEER provides a safe, enriching and fun environment for our students beyond the classroom. It serves students between the hours of 6:30 am or 7:00 am and 6:00 pm (before and after school based on the bell times at each school). PEER is also open during spring and fall breaks and during the summer months. In fact, the only times that PEER is not available to students is during the winter break and approximately eight days in the summer.
Here’s what parents have to say about PEER.
“PEER is an awesome program and has an incredible leadership team. Curtis Johnson, who leads PEER and the athletic programs for the district, was actually a PEER student himself many years ago. He has grown the program significantly and turned it into a great opportunity for students. He knows what is needed due to his own experiences, and he hires only the best people to work with the students.
I can trust the PEER leaders to take great care of my children, and I know my children feel safe in the program, too.
I am amazed by the different activities and opportunities the children can participate in, and they have great field trips, too, especially in the summer program.”
“PEER in Phoenix Elementary School District #1 is a big reason why I chose to enroll my child at the school. PEER is a safe and fun place for children beyond the normal school hours, during intersession and over the summer break.
As a working parent, it is really important to know that my child is safe and that she is also enjoying herself.
The social interaction, dance, arts, academics and the various opportunities provided, give children lots of options to learn and grow.
I am thankful to have such a great free, afterschool program.”
The programs and activities in PEER are designed to include sports, recreation, arts, music, culture and academics to develop “the whole child” even beyond the regular school day, during fall/spring breaks and during the summer months.
Cultural Camps and Thematic Programs at PEER are incredibly popular with the students and parents. During the week of fall and spring break or the summer program, when school is not in session, PEER students often have the unique opportunity to participate in special programs such as A Chinese Cultural Camp, Native American Cultural Camp, a marine life camp known as Under the Sea, or Put Your Wild On, provided by Liberty Wildlife. These are just a few examples of our unique programs that provide lifetime memories for PEER students, as well as academic, social and emotional growth.
Fifth and sixth grade students in PEER have the opportunity to participate in the following sports camps:
- The Hoopsters Club – Boys Basketball
- The Volley Club – Girls Volleyball
- The Young Sluggers Club – Co-Ed Slow Pitch
- The Kickers Club – Co-Ed Soccer
Seventh and eighth grade students in PEER have the opportunity to participate in the following sports programs:
- Co-ed Soccer
- Co-ed Slow Pitch
- Boys Basketball
- Girls Volleyball
Integrated into the sports program, are the tenets of character building that include: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.
For more information regarding PEER, please check with your school office or call 602-523-5757.
Parents love PEER because they know their children are safe and happy. In fact, may parents report that their children enjoy it so much that they do not want to leave.
What Children Say About PEER
Here’s what PEER students have to say about the program when asked these three questions:
- Why do you like PEER?
- What is your favorite activity in PEER?
- How do you feel about the PEER staff?
- It’s fun and I like all the different friends and classes.
- Drawing and making dancing people in art.
- I like all the teachers because they are really nice to me and they play with us.
- I like it because it gives me something to do over the summer. It gives me a chance to hang out with my friends from other schools. I like all the classes we have, the themes and the field trips.
- My favorite activity is physical education.
- I feel that the PEER staff is fair and awesome to be with, they are fun and understanding.
- PEER is fun because we paint and make stuff and have more field trips than the school.
- Learning about the Seven Wonders of the World.
- They are really nice and real fun.
- Because I’ve made friends over the year, and I get to see them again and see how much they have changed.
- Playing in the Gym and Media Center. In the Media Center we made these blogs about the Seven Wonders of the World. It was a lot of fun!
- I pretty much like all of them so far.
- PEER is fun because we have field trips and have special programs.
- I like to do partner projects like making shoebox aquariums.
- They are nice and cool.