Programming at all three sites is at its best.  We are serving many students and enjoying our time, each day, after school.   The year is moving along quickly.  As most of you know, we are in our final year of funding for our current 21st Century grant.  Rebecca Gamba, Director of Fund Development, sent in an outstanding proposal to the Dept. of Education last week.  We are hopeful and optimistic that we will receive a new round of funding that will allow our districts to continue delivering awesome programming to our students who need it greatly.  Our June newsletter will deliver the good news!!

North Rose-Wolcott/After the Bell (courtesy of Jim Fisher, coordinator) 

As winter melts into spring, the 21st   Century After the Bell program continues to thrive. Our many classes, activities and field trips have been interesting, educational and well attended. We learned how to ski and snowboard at Brantling Ski Slopes. We tried our hand at snowshoeing and were taught to recognize animal tracks and habitat in snow at the Montezuma Audubon Center. We improved our bowling skills and scores at Parkview Lanes in Wolcott. New programs included many new, delicious and nutritious recipes in Cooking Up Fun! with Karen Alo from Cornell University.   Cake Decorating class taught by Ms. McNab has been a sweet success as the students learn to make flowers and other interesting and tasty designs and pictures with frosting on cakes and cupcakes. Sewing class with Ms. Wilson made pillows and reusable tote bags to take to the store. Life Can Be Fun! led by Alia Henton-Williams is helping students to learn about values and making correct choices as they navigate young adulthood. Weight training with Mr. Ackley and Mr.  DeMass helped students to stay in shape these long winter months. We also started a Student Council to let the students have some input into the program. They came up with the idea of walking around the village to clean up litter and help the community look better after the long winter months. We continue with the old favorites: team games, Magic, Lego Mind Storms and Drawing and painting which the students continue to enjoy.  Soon the weather will cooperate and we can go outside and cure our “spring fever’ with more outdoor games and activities. We look forward to Golf, the ropes course at the high school, Guitar, Dance Video, Mosaics, Science Exploration and other new and exciting offerings.  

Lyons/LEAP (courtesy of Alicia Linzy, coordinator)

LEAP students created a wonderful Family Night in honor of Black History Month.  The students prepared a magnificent soul food dinner and desserts that served over 70 people including parents, friends and school staff.  Thank you to all who supported the event.    Several new workshops have commenced including jewelry-making.   6th graders participated in Basic Training which is a life skills workshop series facilitated by CBAPP.  The ALASA Farms service-learning project is gearing up to start again this week with Maryanne Whyte.  Students will begin their weekly trip to the farm to help take care of needy animals in a variety of ways.