Kids Club's parent open house earlier this month. Our members and their families enjoyed a night of STEM challenges. Thank you to the Witchcraft School for letting us host the event, Salem House of Pizza for the tasty dinner, our incredible staff for putting everything together and most importantly all of our the families that came! We had a blast.
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On Thursday October 20, the drop in program at our Club took part in the annual event "Lights On After School". This fun filled national event is put on to promote after school enrichment and child safety across the country. Our Club members got to make healthy snacks and took part in fitness challenges, field games and an arts & crafts project that created a beautiful banner! We love events like this that raise awareness for after school programs. Below are some pictures from the event.
On Thursday October 6, a number of our Club members and staff got dressed up to start off Salem's season of Halloween by participating in Salem's annual "Haunted Happenings" parade. A big thank you to Salem Trolley for providing the Club with a trolley to ride in the parade with.
On Friday September 23rd, Salem schools had a half day; so drop in club staff Sabrina Garcelon and Josenny Duran took a group of Club members on a field trip to Boston's Museum of Science. The club kids got to experience the commuter train from Salem to Boston and spent the afternoon exploring all the fun that the Museum of Science has to offer. This is just the first of many fun field trips the Club will take this year.
Yesterday, Dr. Plotka with the Smiles for Life Foundation presented the Club with a generous donation. The children are truly grateful for their continued support and appreciate their generosity and kindness.
Kids Club is our exciting licensed after school program that takes place at Saltonstall and Witchcraft Heights Elementary. Here are the faces that help run this program:
Grace Duran--Director of Licensed After School Child Care
Witchcraft Heights Kids Club
Oliver Prato--Site Coordinator
Johanna Ynoa--Site Coordinator
Roberta Reddy--Group Leader
Rachelle Casmir--Group Leader
Samantha Bator--Group Leader
Robert O'Donell--Group Leader
Maria Alberto--Bus Monitor
Saltonstall Kids Club
DeLaina Gotimer--Site Coordinator
Arianna Hunt--Group Leader
Stalin Villar--Assistant Group Leader
Yadilka De Leon--Assistant Group Leader
During our seventh module "Life on the International Space System" members were asked to consider what it takes to live in space and the day-to-day life of an astronaut. Members learned about astronauts in space through role-play and modeling and they got to learn about the International Space System. Our older members were asked to consider what it would take to develop a community in space. Members choose a location in space to explore and design structures and technologies that will support life in the location they select.
Timmy's Angels, which is a local organization in Salem, recently collected school supplies and put them in 40 new backpacks to give to children at our club. With school starting soon, these backpacks will be a big help for many families at our club. Thank you to Staci Sverker and her children CJ, Skylar and Kaylin for dropping these backpacks off and especially for the time they put in to make these bags. Your kindness is greatly appreciated.
Pictured Below: Staci Sverker stand with her children Skylar and CJ (Kaylin not pictured) in front of the 40 backpacks.
During our sixth module, our younger members learned that there are over 28,000 different fish species. Members discovered the many attributes of fish and how changing environmental conditions can affect the size of fish population.
Under the Sea
During our sixth module, our older members explored the possibility of humans living in an underwater city, thinking about how to use natural resources in the ocean without harming its biodiversity, and the physical adaptations that humans would need in order to make underwater living sustainable.
It's hard to believe that we are finishing up our fifth week of summer camp. Campers have been having a great time on field trips and participating in Brain Gain--here is a recap of what we learned in week 5!
During our fifth module called Hooray for Heroes, members discussed the unique characteristics of heroes and how those characteristics are useful in solving modern day problems. Members learned that heroes of history knew how to dream big and put their dreams into action. They also learned from people who enriched the lives of others in important ways and discovered what makes someone a true hero.
On Thursday July 21, firefighters from the Salem Fire Department paid a visit to Rainbow Terrace where they gave instruction, safety lessons and tours of their truck to the kids in our playground program. The kids had a blast learning about fire safety, answering questions and getting to learn how a fire hose and fire gear are used. The kids ended the fun filled afternoon with popsicles and free Salem Fire Department hats. Thank you to the department for such a wonderful time.
The Salem Meals Program is in full swing right now! Especially at Rainbow Terrace where meals are provided alongside the Boys & Girls Club playground program. Click the link below to learn about the fun being had at Rainbow Terrace.
During our fourth module, our younger members learned that bugs are an essential part of our ecosystem whether we like it or not. Members learned that small but mighty crews contribute a lot to the maintenance of most plants and animals. Members will learn about predators, prey, parasites, hosts, herbivores and decomposers.
During our fourth module, our older members explored the incredible amount of diversity in the insect world and looking at the important role that insects play in nature. Members tried out different ways of investigating insects and their worlds, thinking about the importance of maintaining a healthy insect.