The Anna Maria Island Sun Newspaper

Vol. 12 No. 44 - August 15, 2012

FEATURE

Center readies for back to school

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story

PAT COPELAND | SUN
Mikael and Marley Culhanne work with Play-Doh
at the Center’s summer creative camp, one of its
many programs for children.

The Island Community Center is gearing up for back to school with TLC before school and after school care. The DCF licensed program has a dedicated and well-trained staff that welcomes children enrolled in grades K through 5.

Before School Care, located at the Anna Maria Elementary School cafeteria, provides homework time, games and activities in a safe and supervised program. The program allows parents to drop their children off between 6:45 and 8 a.m. daily. The cost is $10 per week.

After school care begins when school is let out until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Activities include homework time, group games, crafts, hands-on learning with science and math, sports, tutoring, Life Skills Junior Achievement and a reading program.

Transportation will be provided from Anna Maria Elementary School to the Community Center. The cost is $15 per day. Parents can receive discounts for prepaying for after school care by the week or month.

West Edge Academy

West Edge Academy is currently finalizing the lineup for its fall programs that will include junior golf, sailing, dance, karate and soccer. More activities such as art classes, drama and music lessons may be added soon. Many classes are available to both elementary and middle school students.

Transportation will be provided from King Middle on certain days and from Anna Maria Elementary daily. The cost for Academy activities varies. For information on TLC or West Edge Programs, contact Lindsey Weaver at [email protected] or 941-778-1908, ext. 9206.

Teen program

Middle school students can join the Teen Program in the afternoons to get help with homework and research projects in the newly upgraded computer center and access to fun, supervised activities such as video games, ping pong, air hockey, foosball and movies.

Teens also can join in evening activities to its weekday teen club and Friday night fun nights, which will include bowling, movies and other places chosen by the teens including Universal Studios and Busch Gardens. New this year is transportation to Wyld Life, which meets twice a month in Bradenton.

Teen Program participation is free for teens, however, there will be costs associated with outings and trips. For information, contact Ryan Hogan at [email protected] or 941-778-1908, ext. 9219.

No child is ever turned away from Center programs due to the inability to pay. Scholarships are available for those who qualify.


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