When the afternoon bell rings at Hilliard Horizon Elementary School, the classrooms don’t become any quieter.

At times, they are even louder, as dozens of students in various classrooms unleash their creative energy – with sound effects – on a variety of challenges and tasks designed to enrich them academically and socially.

Called “New Horizons,” students have the opportunity to stay after school until 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., depending in the day of the week, to engage in those activities.

“We are creating experiences they wouldn’t otherwise have,” said Amberly Helm, a teacher at Horizon who oversees the afternoon programs.

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