Written by Meredith Johnson, Manhasset@antonnews.com Thursday, 25 July 2013 00:00
What’s hot this summer? Manhasset’s Summer Center! For the past 32 years, the program has been a great success. For four weeks, Manhasset students, pre-kindergarten through sixth grade, enjoy exciting classes and a multitude of fun activities. The program is run by SCOPE Education under the guidance of Elaine Schaeffer.
Summer Center runs from July 1 through 26 at Munsey Park Elementary School. Over 200 students enroll in this summer program. The classes are separated into primary and intermediate classes. The primary classes are students entering kindergarten through second grade. Class size is comprised of twenty children with one New York State licensed teacher and an assistant. Primary classes participate in arts and crafts, indoor games, fitness activities, and story-time. For a special treat the children interacted with a number of different animals that visited from Alley Pond Environmental Center.
Secondary classes are specifically designed for children entering grades three through six in September. The children get to choose their own classes from an exciting menu or course offerings. Classes include sports, arts and crafts, music, painting, and “just-for-fun” hands-on learning classes. Popular courses such as Yay Clay!, Art Around the World, Chef Shop, First Aid/Babysitting, Box City, and Woodshop allowed kids to develop new skill and explore new ideas by creating and learning. Two of the more popular classes were a Minute to Win It and Sports Unlimited. Minute to Win It was based off the popular game on NBC where children were given a specific task to complete within the timeframe of sixty seconds. Sports Unlimited allowed the participants to play a different sport each day such as basketball, soccer, tennis.
Rain or shine, the children were energized and enthusiastic about coming to Summer Center.