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NORTH -- An after-school educational support center for children has opened here. 

The Educational Support Services after-school center, which provides children ages 5 to 14 assistance with school work, is located at 510 Camellia St.

The after-school program is open from 3:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Monday through Friday. The program began Jan. 2.

The program has a one-time registration fee of $20 and is $50 a week. The fee for tutoring is $25 an hour. Tutoring is provided depending on days of instructor availability.

"I know there is nothing like this available in North to assist children with homework," said Brenda Jamison, who operates the center along with her sister, Leois. "I know a lot of parents work and when they get home at 6 p.m. they are tired and the children are tired."

"Hopefully, it will be an assistance to not only the parents, but the schools in North where we can build the skills needed to be the outreach and arm for those children and the community," Jamison said.

Jamison noted the entire project was her sister's idea in that she had owns the facility in which the program is housed.

The program will assist children with homework and any subject the child may be struggling to comprehend the work.

"We fill in the gaps where the child is struggling," Jamison said, adding her focus is on English while her sister helps teach math.

The center is serving about eight children from kindergarten to second grade, Jamison said.

The center will also provide children transportation from their respective school to the facility.

The program accepts ABC Quality vouchers. Individuals are asked to contact the Orangeburg County Department of Social Services for more information on how to obtain the vouchers.

In addition to the after-school program, there will also be three different summer camps beginning in early June. The camps will seek to provide innovative programs to instruct in reading, math, science, technology and the arts.

The camp will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will be $85 a week.

Jamison is no stranger to education.

A retired educator of 27 years, she has served the last eight years as a consultant for schools in Orangeburg, Richland and Blackville.

A part of her role as a consultant is to assist schools with their curriculum and to work with teachers who need assistance.

Jamison, who specializes in teaching English and language, has also held a number of leadership positions in schools such as principal and assistant principal. 

For more information about the after-school program and the summer camp, call 803-614-5134.

Contact the writer: gzaleski@timesanddemocrat.com or 803-533-5551. Check out Zaleski on Twitter at @ZaleskiTD.

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Gene Zaleski is a reporter/staff writer with The Times and Democrat.

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