(KAKE) - When sixth graders in McPherson needed a place to go, members of the community came together to teach arts after school.

“We wanted an after-school activity that would help keep them occupied but also give them something constructive to do. And the arts was definitely something we could do with these kids,” said Executive Director, Kevin Ivers.

It started in 2015 with an empty building and a church leader wanting to do outreach in McPherson. And it’s grown to now four different tracks kids can choose from.  

“They go in and practice music, do some art, we have a drama track, and also a food track,” said Ivers.

From 3:30 to 5:00, sixth graders get to unwind with their friends and learn at the same time, fostering new skills in the arts.

“it is amazing to see some of these kids come in and just create with each other, they bounce ideas off each other,” said Ivers.

If you would like to volunteer or donate, visit their website at MACartsafterschool.com.

KAKE News and the DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers are honored to present Arts After School with a $500 check as this week’s “Wins for Kansas” recipient.