History

In 1997, The Episcopal Church of the Advent in Kennett Square presented the results of A Time to Listen to the Kennett Community. This report was the result of a community listening study that focused on the quality of life in our community. Over 100 community members were interviewed. The study identified a need for middle-school-aged students, many of whom went home to a house without supervision after school—too old for babysitters, but perhaps too young to be left to their own devices. 

In 1998, John Wood, Denise Wood, and Marshall Newton led the effort to create the Kennett After-School Association to fill this need. The result of their hard work, dedication, and love for the youth of the Kennett Square community is our unique after-school program, After-The-Bell. At the direction of the Founders, no student or family ever pays for the services offered. 

The Board of Directors is committed to continuing this extraordinary vision in their memory. After-The-Bell is dedicated to ensuring the long-term sustainability and growth of our program and to safeguard the program as a permanent resource for youth in the community.

 Founders

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Kennett After-School Association (KASA)

John Wood
Denise Wood
Marshall Newton