ACAP student jump for joy celebrating the end of a school year and the beginning of summer at the Westport 4 H Fair grounds on June 9.
Adirondack Community Action Programs held it’s annual end of the year after school program event to celebrate the achievement of the students and have fun one more time before breaking for summer June 2.
Students from ACAP’s afterschool programs in Moriah, Westport, Willsboro, Schroon Lake and Elizabethtown-Lewis attended the end of the year event with their families, where they celebrated with a magician, bounce house, hula hoop and Twister competitions, cake walks and several crafts stations.
Kindergartener Sophia Bosley made a paper mache American Flag with her dad, Matt, and Westport ACAP group leader Tammy Clark during the festivities. Sophia said she was going to miss the program and her friends over the summer.
ACAP After School Programs are offered to children in grades pre-kindergarten through sixth. During the school year, children attend the after school program from the time of dismissal to 6 p.m.
For Willsboro mother Tracy Staub, the program has been an extremely valuable service for her daughter, Palma.
“It’s not just babysitting, it’s activities, social interaction and getting help with their homework,” Staub said.
As an only child, Staub said the program allows Palma the opportunity to build social skills and character development.
“Willsboro is such a rural area and the after school program gives the kids an opportunity to hang out with their classmates,” Staub said.
Palma said the program has been very important to her and her classmates.
Third-grader Olivia Politi said her favorite part of the program is hanging out with her friends as much as possible.
The after school programs are designed to help children in academic, socialization and behavioral issues, according to program manager Marge Zmijewski.
“We offer homework assistance, character education activities and in some programs field trips,” Zmijewski said.
ACAP is currently doing open enrollment for next year at all sites. Anyone interested in enrolling their child or with questions can call 873-3207 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.