It can sometimes be a challenge to spark interest in kids, especially the younger ones, to keep them at school after the final class bell rings. But it is a challenge the after-school teachers and coaches look forward to conquering at Kyrene schools across the district.

It doesn’t hurt that they have some pretty interesting topics to teach as well.

Kids can enroll in after-school enrichment classes that bridge recreation and academic areas. They can learn karate, golf, get help in math, or take a class like the one called “Young Rembrandts” at Kyrene de la Colina Elementary School, like fourth-grade student Madeline Rowley has taken for the last few years.

For the first six weeks of the class, students learn techniques to draw realistically. For the final six weeks they focus on learning how to draw cartoons.

“I definitely like the cartoon part more,” Rowley said. “I like it because I can show it off to my family. I liked to draw before but now I’m learning a lot, too.”

Younger kids can learn sports like golf after school, like first-grade student Jack Agnew.

The instructor, who also coaches at Whirlwind Golf Club, teaches techniques and uses a softer kind of golf ball just to play it safe.

“It’s challenging to get it in the hole, but it’s fun,” Agnew, 7, said.

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