Ella Risk offers a number of free afterschool programs for students in all grades. For more information on specific programs, schedules, and enrollment information please see below.


Who: students in grades 1-4
When: Monday-Friday, 2:30pm - 6:00pm
Program Description: The mission of Central Falls School District’s Expanded Learning Community (ELC) initiative is to engage students in high-quality out-of-school time programs that support their social/emotional growth, 21st century skills development and academic improvement. In partnership with the Pawtucket YMCA, Ella Risk offers three 10-week sessions throughout the school year. Community partners, teachers, and individual community members offer programs ranging from fitness/wellness to wacky science. In addition to the enrichment programming, there are also 30 minutes of dedicated homework time. Students in other afterschool programs (i.e. SMILE, chess, etc.) can also be enrolled in the ELC initiative. Families can also elect to have their children be transported to the YMCA in Pawtucket for dinner.
How to Join: Letters are sent home at the beginning of the school year and interested families attend an orientation and fill out an application. Students are granted entrance on a first come first serve basis, and additional students are added to a waitlist. Registration forms are available in the main office throughout the school year. For more information, contact Shannon Campbell, Director of 21st Century Programs at campbells@cfschools.net or (401) 727-7726 ext. 21009.


Who: varies
When: varies
Program Description: Students in RIC’s education department teach a number of enrichment programs once a week. Ella Risk students are taught small groups (4-5 students) and the topics are designed to fit their interests. The program is available to students in different grades on a rotating basis.
How to Join: Applications are available mid-semester. Students must complete an application and be formally accepted into the program. For more information, please contact Cheryl Degnan at degnanc@cfschools.net.


Girls on the Runprogram on Tuesdays and Thursdays for girls in grades 3-5. The girls participate in a 10-week program in the fall and spring to build their confidence and develop positive relationships as part of a team.
How to Join: Interested families will be asked to fill out an online application. For more information, contact coaches Kelly Flynn at flynnk@cfschools.net or Stephanie Zuba at zubas@cfschools.net.


Who: grade 4 students who are working at grade level or better, have good school attendance, have good school citizenship, have a strong interest in STEM AND meet one of the following criteria: eligible for free/reduced lunch, female, person of color, ESL, previously in SMILE
When: Thursdays, 2:30-4:15
Program Description: The mission of the SMILE Program is to increase the numbers of underrepresented, educationally disadvantaged students who graduate from high school well qualified to enter higher education and pursue science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers. SMILE is a statewide program sponsored by the University of Rhode Island. The goals of the SMILE Program are:

  • to provide and integrate STEM real world experiences, mentoring, hands-on activities, and career explorations to support students
  • to increase students’ interest in STEM areas through activities, events mentored by URI students, and field trips
  • to encourage students to do well academically, graduate high school well-prepared to go to college/higher education and pursue STEM careers

The program starts in 4th grade and runs through 12th grade. Students who commit to the entire program over the course of the nine years are guaranteed entrance to URI and are often offered scholarship money. Those who commit to the program for at least three years, participate in Family Science Nights and ANnual Events, are eligible for a $500 college scholarship. The program runs for 32 weeks each year. The program also includes a kayaking field trip, and trips to the Boston Museum of Science and the University of Rhode Island. Elementary students attend the three-day Elementary Outdoor Science Adventure (EOSA) camp where they work on environmental project-based learning activities. Each SMILE club also completes a stewardship project each year using stipends from URI. The club at Ella Risk has planted sea grass, purchased the red trash barrels outside the building, and planted, weeded and mulched the walkway sides around the school building. For more information on SMILE visit their website at www.web.uri.edu/smile.
How to Join: Students are recruited on the first day of school and a waiting list is developed for applications received by students who did not get in the club. For more information about SMILE contact Ella Risk program coordinators Peg Boyer at boyerm@cfschools.net or Sheryl Wilson at wilsons@cfschools.net.


Who: grade 4 students
When: Mondays, 2:30-4:15
Program Description: Students learn how to play chess and develop their skills and strategies. Students can potentially compete at the state level during competition season, which runs from January to March and play in Saturday tournaments throughout the year against students from other schools and districts.
How to Join: Students typically join at the beginning of the year, since the program runs from September-June. For more information, contact Gina Dufresne at dufresneg@cfschools.net.