After-school program available to kindergartners

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Vernon - posted Fri., Aug. 2, 2013
Children play in the after-school program at Skinner Road School. File photo by Steve Smith.
Children play in the after-school program at Skinner Road School. File photo by Steve Smith.

The after-school program offered by the Vernon Parks and Recreation Department is changing with the times. As elementary schools will now be including all-day kindergarten, the REK (Recreation and Education for Kids) is accepting those younger students as well.

Parks and Recreation supervisor Karen Montminy said that some families may not be aware that the program is offered to the rising kindergarters. “We want kindergarten parents to know that there is something after school that they can go to,” Montminy said.

The program takes place at Skinner Road, Center Road and Northeast schools, and children from Maple Street School are bused to Northeast School for the program.

Each day includes homework and fitness time, as well as games, crafts and activities. A sports instructor visits each program once a week, and there are other special guests and events. “We try to get the fire trucks to come down, or someone from the police department,” Montminy said, adding that there are also special events near the holidays.

The REK program goes from the end of the school day (which varies at different schools) until 6 p.m.

Based on interest, the “Rise and Shine Kids” before-school program may be offered, as well.

Families must apply in person at the REK program at the Vernon Parks and Recreation Department office at 120 South St. Parents must choose and commit to which days of the week their child will attend.

Pricing for 2013-14 is $13 per day, or $19 per day when school is dismissed early. Registration is due no later than 4:30 p.m. on Thursday for the following week.

More information is available at or by calling 860-870-3520.

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