Last night we had a campfire in our BTAS! programs. Here’s an old photo from a past year campfire. Always a fun time with friends. We’ll offer BTAS! programs each Wednesday evening.
We’ve become fast friends with the youth, staff, and volunteers with Pittsfield Youth Workshop (PYW) in Pittsfield, NH. KYCand PYW staff have spent some time meeting and learning about one-another’s programs! In July, the two groups collaborated and enjoyed a great hike to Pine Mountain in Alton! Yesterday, PYW made the trip down and enjoyed an afternoon at the KYC! We played “The Best Game.” Groups of students were challenged to ‘send the best candidate to complete a challenge on behalf of or otherwise represent the team. Examples: tallest, random trivia, cornhole, etc. After the game we shared treats and got to know got to know one another. Thanks PYW for coming up for a fun afternoon.
Transitions are wonderful. On this school year’s first day in the after school program, our resident scientist and Monday Program Volunteer Shelly brought in two monarch butterfly chrysalises. Two days later, on Wednesday, a ninth-grader eagerly sought my attention. The transformation was complete! A beautiful monarch butterfly had emerged from one of the cocoons. A group of us took our new friend outside and watched in awe as the creature tested its wings. Heavy and clumsy at first, but a master of flight within minutes. Transitions are wonderful.
A fabulous summer ended just two day ago. The leaves are changing. The days are shorter. Students are back to school. The KYC staff has seen several changes. I am wrapping up my third month as the KYC’s Interim Executive Director. Pam Sweeney has settled into her new role as Development Director. We are thrilled to have welcomed Sue Valenti as our new Program Facilitator. Our Teen Director, Mara Michno is nearing the end of a parenting leave and we look forward to welcoming her back. Transitions are wonderful.
Do you remember your seventh grade locker combination? I do. It was 32-18-8. Why do I remember that all these years later? It’s because I must have repeated, “32-18-8,” in my head about 5,000 times on that first day of seventh grade. A forgotten locker combo was just one of countless fears accompanying the transition from familiar New Durham Elementary School to the vastness of Kingswood Regional Middle School. I did okay. I was so good at remembering my combo that I still remember it almost 20 years later! Another step in growing up. Transitions are wonderful.
Two years later, just as I was getting truly comfortable at KRMS, it was already time for another transition. When does it end? It doesn’t. Transitions are wonderful. Hard, but wonderful.
High school and middle schoolers are amidst many great transitions. They are yesterday’s children becoming tomorrow’s young adults. Emotional and physical changes mark this important transition in their lives. All adolescents need the support of an entire community as they navigate this great transition. The KYC exists to provide an important piece of that vital support. We offer our community’s teens a safe place to grow, learn, and engage positively with their peers. Students set goals and plan for their futures. We teach important life skills which foster independence. Substance misuse prevention is vital during this time of transition. New passions and interests are discovered and new friendships are forged. Transitions are wonderful.
The KYC supports our transitioning teens through several important programs. We just wrapped up a wonderful summer filled with weekly full-day programs. Our after-school program is now open each Monday through Thursday. BTAS! (Beyond the After School) programs are offered in the evening, during school vacations, and at other times when school is not in session. In January, the KYC launched a brand new individual mentoring program called Club 121! Club 121 consists of one-to-one (get it? 121!) mentoring services offered at Kingswood Regional Middle School by KYC staff members. We are very excited to continue these vital services and watch them grow. Transitions are wonderful.
One day afterschool, a group of us buckled down and completed an important community service project. Students met the KYC bus right when school got out and took a ride to the local Food Pantry Garden, right here in Wolfeboro! We met our volunteer Shelly McGee, who is also a key volunteer at the Food Pantry garden. Shelly led the group in constructing compost bins. We used wooden pallets to create the three compartments needed for the composting process. Thank you Shelly for this fun and valuable opportunity. Nice work KYCers!
What a great first week in our afterschool program! For this edition of “Thowback Thursday.” We have a couples photos from last year’s day week of programs. Great to be back!
This year the weather was just as nice and…gaga ball is still “in.” Not bad!
Sue Valenti has joined us as the Program Facilitator at KYC.
She has many years of experience working and volunteering with youth and teens. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Western CT State University and has spent the bulk of her nursing career as a School Nurse in both Middle and High Schools. She has proudly raised three young adults and is a Grammy to one human and 2 dogs. She lives with her husband and dogs in Wakefield.
Yesterday a group of teens joined us here at the KYC to prep for the upcoming Chili Challenge Fundraiser. The Chili Challenge is scheduled for Saturday, September 14 from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM at the Durgin Stables Green in Downtown Wolfeboro. We hope to see you there!
We stopped briefly at the Wright Museum for a group photo and to thank them for hosting us last week!
Students worked with our new staff member, Sue to bake 48 brownies, which will be sold at the fundraiser. Others made signs, packed spoons, napkins, and tickets for patrons and helped organize the “Hot Pepper Silent Auction!”
Rain, rain it’s okay!
A little rain won’t wreck our day!
Yesterday we made good use of a rainy day in summer programs!
We shared our schedules and feelings about the fast approaching school year.
We teamed up for trivia! A close match!
We enjoyed a home-cooked hot lunch! Baked macaroni and cheese!
Some braved the weather and played outside!
We held a Lego building contest!
We cooked in our kitchen! S’mores cups!
We visited the Nick to walk the track, play on the playground (as the rain took a break), and play board games under cover!
Not bad for a rainy August day. Next week in summer programs we visit the Wright Museum! If the weather’s better, we’ll hit the beach too!
Yesterday we took a tour of Lakes Region Community College and then visited Weir’s Beach for swimming, arcade games, and ice cream! Not a bad day in KYC summer programs!
We learned a lot in our tour of Lake Region Community College in Laconia, NH. Students at LRCC can earn certificates and Associate’s Degrees. Many students transfer from Assoicate’s Degree programs to four year schools where they earn Bachelor’s. LRCC prepares students for rewarding careers and/or further education! We toured the Nursing Department, the Science Department, the Automotive Department, the Electro-Mechanical Technologies Department, and more. We also learned about degree programs in business, education, liberal arts, culinary arts, and more! Thank you LRCC!
After our tour, we hit Weir’s Beach for swimming, arcade games, and ice cream!