After-school Program In Kinston Forced To Close Its Doors

As of this Friday, Kinston parents and children will have to say goodbye to the Salvation Army's after school program.

Center officials say, low membership forced them to close the program after fifteen years of service.

Staff members say the parent-funded after school program dropped from seventy five kids in 2000 to about a handful in 2007. Director of operations, Pat Rhodes says, at times a fifty four seat bus picked up one or two children from each stop.

Staff members say the drop in membership threw the center into about twenty thousand thousand dollars worth of debt. Rhodes says it was difficult for the Salvation Army to compete with some of the other programs which offered services at little or no cost.

The center says they referred displaced children to other programs in the area.