District After School Program Expansion Offers Variety Of Enrichment Courses For Students
Students in Plainville this year are enjoying the expansion of the district's After School Program, with a wide variety of enrichment courses available district-wide.
According to Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Maureen Brummett, the newly expanded After School Program is off to a great start with more than 250 students participating in the first session, which runs through the end of November. Course offerings vary by school and are taught by district faculty and staff members as well as a number of external program providers. At the elementary level this fall, enrichment courses include cooking, graphic novels and comics, youth theater, penguins and polar bear art with the Let's Gogh Art Program, African drumming and dance, clay and ceramics, yoga, and recess games. Torri Keyworth, a fourth grader at Linden Street School enjoys the clay and ceramics class, "because it's a time to hang out with friends and do things we like to do," she said. Fellow program participant DJ Cassone, a Linden fifth grader, added while working on a colorful mug, that it is "fun to make clay sculptures and glaze them." Toffolon fourth grader Emma Lynn Ranno explained that she enjoys the After School Program yoga class at Toffolon "because it is relaxing, calming and fun!" At the middle school level, enrichment courses include cross country, cooking, and flag football. Seventh grader Amy Muller said the cross country club is a good way to stay in shape for spring track season, and helps her to run faster and longer distances, also noting that she has had the opportunity to meet and make new friends through the cross country club program. Middle School of Plainville faculty member and cross country coach Jackie Franklin added, "This is the first year we have had a cross country team and, with the help of fellow faculty members Jason Criniti and Shaun Berard, it has been a very positive and successful experience for all students involved. Cross country is unique in that it is both an individual and team sport. It allows kids to build confidence through finishing races and improving their times, and camaraderie through cheering on and encouraging each other both in practice and at meets. As a coach, it is great to see the kids working together, getting stronger, and feeling proud of themselves. I am sad to see the season end but certainly looking forward to next year."
In addition to the many extra-curricular programs, clubs and activities, Plainville High school also offered an SAT preparation course as part of the After School Program sessions.
Thanks to a portion of funding for the After School Program secured by State Representative Elizabeth Boukus, students pay a nominal fee to participate in course offerings. Courses are held on Mondays and Thursdays after school at the elementary and middle schools, and bussing is provided home for students at no cost. Each session runs for eight weeks; Session 2 will begin on December 2, and will feature expanded enrichment course offerings. Information for the upcoming After School Program session and individual course offerings will be sent home with students in each school.
"The After School Program has been a big hit at all of our schools. Our teachers have developed very engaging and creative offerings. I have observed most programs and the students are having a great time. We look forward to the next session and continued partnership with the Let's Gogh Art Program and New Britain Youth Theater," noted Brummett.
For additional information about the school district’s After School Program, please contact your child's school, or Dr. Maureen Brummett at (860) 793-3210, ext. 206.
-Posted on November 14, 2013 at 11:01 AM
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