It's well-documented that creative enrichment can boost academic learning. So when Heart of the Valley YMCA developed Extended Adventures, STEM and arts became key components of the afterschool program.
Extended Adventures has been available to children served by Guntersville and Cherokee elementary schools in Marshall County and has just come to New Market School in Madison County in December. The New Market program is made possible thanks to support by Heart of the Valley YMCA, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Friends of New Market and New Market School.
The goal of Extended Adventures is to provide a structured environment for homework assistance, enrichment and supervised play, experiences that children would normally have if they were at home with their parents during the time right after school. Children are offered a wide variety of activities to capitalize on their interests.
Last week, New Market students prepared fruit smoothies and eggs in Cooking Club and built water wheels, mazes and roller coasters in STEM Club. Kids blew off steam with energetic moves in Dance Club. There's time to catch up on homework with the help of a tutor and enjoy a nutritious snack. Parents can complete their workday worry-free, and financial assistance is provided to families who need the extra help.
For more information about Extended Adventures and Heart of the Valley YMCA youth development programs, reach out to Lamont Singleton, Director of Youth Development & Social Responsibility, at 256.428.9622 ext. 3010 or Lamont.Singleton@ymcahuntsville.org.