Island Rec saves the day... for working families

After Sally Thomsen read about the elimination of the After School Kids program in the April 27 edition of the Journal, the phone started ringing with concerned parents asking, “What are you going to do?”

Thomsen, director of Island Rec, immediately thought she needed to put an after school program in place.

“It’s [after school programs] vital to working families,” she said.

Thomsen hopes to have the program running by Sept. 6, but Island Rec is still waiting for approval for their license through the Department of Early Learning.

Island Rec’s program called STAR for study time and afternoon recreating, serves kindergarten through sixth graders attending any school and will be held at the elementary school’s facilities.

Thomsen said they will provide snacks and a combination of homework and free time.

“Kids can play freely or chose group games, arts and crafts and other programs,” said Thomsen. “Alice Hibberd, STAR’s coordinator, has a range of skills from hula to yoga so she’ll have many activities for the kids to choose from.”

Hibberd, is a certified teacher, who also teaches hulu and Dreamcatcher weaving at the library.

“We want to assure parents that this is a well supervised and enriching program,” said Thomsen.

Families interested in the program should visit to fill out an application. The cost is $12 a day and weekly and month fees vary.

Contact Island Rec for more info at 378-4953 or at their office on 580 Guard Street from 1 - 5 p.m.

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