Our school includes much more than what happens in the defined hours of the school day.  Items below are just some of the activities available to Claxton students outside the regular classroom day.  Activities available to our students include:
After School Arts Claxton Morning Band
Claxton Morning Singers               FIRST Lego League
Girls on the Run Roots + Wings After-school Community Design Lab

After School Arts
After School Arts is offered in the Fall and Spring and is open to all grade levels.  Classes are offered Monday - Thursday afternoons from 2:45 until 3:45.  Each class meets once per week and is open to either K-2 students or 3-5 students. 

View the current Fall Schedule,
and download a Registration Form now!

Claxton Morning Band
The Claxton Morning Band involves playing the many wonderful instruments used in our music room (xylophones, percussion, recorder flutes, etc.).  The band performs for our school community and the community at large.  The Morning Band may accompany the Morning Singers in performances.  Students can be involved in both, as long as their commitment to each is solid and they maintain classwork and homework standards.  Our morning band rehearsals will involve preparing pieces for performance on the instruments in the spirit of fun and developing musicianship.

Open to 3-5 grades.  Non-competitive auditions are required for new student placement (returning students don't need to audition again), and will be individually scheduled following registration.  Rehearsals take place Thursday mornings from 7:35 to 8:00 beginning September 13th.  Review the 2012-2013 announcement, download a registration form and read the  commitments for being a member.  Contact Mr. Butler for more information.

Claxton Morning Singers

The Claxton Morning Singers group involves learning how to best use our voices and bodies for singing.  The group performs for our school community and the community at large.  Our rehearsals will include nearly as much vocal warm-up and body preparation as working on actual singing repertoire.  It's important that each participant in the group attends all rehersals and performances on-time and that each member is committed to being actively engaged in learning and singing together.  

Open to 3-5 grades.   Non-competitive auditions are required for new student placement (returning students don't need to audition again), and will be individually scheduled following registration. Rehearsals take place Tuesday mornings from 7:35 to 8:00 beginning September 11th.  Review the 2012-2013 announcementdownload a registration form and read the  commitments for being a member.  Contact Mr. Butler for more information.

FIRST Lego League
Claxton is home to two FIRST Lego League (FLL) teams. The teams are learning to build and program robots to compete in a theme-based robot game; this year the challenge theme is World Class Challenge.   Teams complete and present a research project to propose innovative solutions to a current problem related to their research.  Through all of this, teams must embrace the core values of the FIRST® program, including teamwork, community service, Gracious Professionalism, “coopertition”, and… FUN!  Teams will compete in a regional tournament to be held in Asheville at the Justice Center at UNCA on November 3rd.  Read all about what the teams are up to on the Claxton FLL blog.

FIRST Lego League introduces students 9 and up to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society.

Roots + Wings After-school Community Design Lab

Roots + Wings After-school Community Design Lab program is built on an interdisciplinary, project- driven curriculum that provides a unique, creative alternative to conventional after-school care for elementary students. We provide students with opportunities to engage their potential through innovation, critical thinking, and community enrichment through a variety of ways:

We provide a safe, nurturing, creative environment for all students.

We work with students to learn about various creative disciplines as well as what is beyond the walls of their schools; teaching students how to find better, collective solutions to community problems through creative experimentation.

We build on academic skills—mathematics, history, science—and help apply those skills to real life.

We believe that problem-solving starts with listening and understanding.

We engage students in community projects that help connecting with neighborhood history builds social capital and pride for our communal spaces, along with leadership and civic responsibility.

Typical Afternoon Snack time and time outdoors transitions students from the school day into our “Innovation Hour.” It is during this time that our instructors engage students in our custom curriculum integrating projects from a variety of disciplines, including dance, music, writing, visual art, design, language, and movement / sports. Our Roots + Wings teachers provide wonderful opportunities to engage community issues and people in the form of volunteers and college students. The final hour is reserved for homework and free time (in or outside).

Paying it Forward We give a percentage of the enrollment fees back to each host school’s Parent Teacher Organization. This money can be used for any PTO need, however we do ask for the PTO to consider using some of it to help with program scholarships and in-school arts programming. 

Grades K – 5th grade

Enrollment Costs 1 to 5-day enrollment accepted 

$130 / month - 2 days per week
$195 / month - 3 days per week
$325 / month – 5 days per week

Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run combines training for a 5K (3.1 mile) running event with healthy living education. The program instills self-esteem through health education, life skills development, mentoring relationships, and physical training – all of which are accomplished through an active collaboration with girls and their parents, schools, volunteers, staff and the community.  For more information on the program, contact Dee Dee Allan, or visit the website at http://www.gotrwnc.org.

Girls on the Run is open to girls, grades 3 – 5. The program lasts for twelve weeks, and meets after school twice a week.  Registration fees includes 24 lessons, T-shirt, water bottle, healthy snacks at each lesson, 5k entry fee and medal and end-of session celebration.  There is a sliding scale for registration fees to encourage participation from students regardless of .  The program culminates with a 5K event scheduled in conjunction with other Girls on the Run events across the country.