The Washingtonville Central School District Enrichment Program was a huge success this year as there were 230 students enrolled per week over three weeks at Little Britain Elementary School.
The courses were in the mornings and afternoons during the weeks of July 10, July 17, and Aug. 7. In all, 17 of the district’s teachers participated in providing the programming for the students. Most of the classes included social-emotional learning components.
Parents signed up students for morning courses, afternoons, or both for the four-day courses. The classes included Archery; Improv and Acting Games; Fitness and Fun; Folk Songs, Fairy Tales and Crafts; STEAM; LEGO Build; Macrame; Social and Emotional Learning; and Watercolors. Although all classes included social and emotional learning, new this year was a class dedicated strictly to social and emotional learning, including preparing students for different interactions with others, like making and building friendships.
“We tried to gear the classes toward the students’ interests,” Little Britain Principal Dr. Christopher Barrie said. “We wanted them to love learning, and this was a great way to have our kids love learning by connecting learning to their interests.”
The program was funded through the final year of ARP ESSER grant funding awarded to the district. The nationwide funding helped schools safely reopen and sustain a safe operation after the coronavirus pandemic while also addressing the impact on students.