Columbia Association (CA) recently received a $40,000 grant from The Horizon Foundation to implement CA’s “Let’s Get S.A.S.S.Y.” (Successful, Active, Smart, Strong Youth) program. The goals of the program are to educate children about healthy eating, encourage healthy eating choices, substitute more fresh fruits and vegetables for snacking, teach children the importance of physical activity and provide structured physical activities that promote good health. CA staff members have been trained in facilitating healthy snacks and structured physical activities.
CA’s School Age Services has partnered with the University of Maryland Extension Center to provide the nutrition curriculum and training to staff. Specialized versatile sports equipment was purchased from the GenMove company. GenMove will be providing structured activity training to staff.
Beginning in September, CA’s Sport and Fitness Division also will be teaching weekly Zumba and fitness programs at each Before and After School Care location.
It will be time for the kids to head back to school before you know it. If you are in need of before and after school care, CA’s School Age Services Department offers Before and After School Care programs at 19 Howard County elementary schools and After School care at three middle schools. Full-day programs also are available on some of the days that Howard County schools are closed.
Theresa White, assistant manager for School Age Services at CA, said, “The School Age Services Department strives to improve their programs a little more each year, with new offerings or new ways of doing things that add value or efficiency to the programs.”
First Friday Family Night returns this year. Parents are invited to participate in activities with their children during the last hour of the program. First Fridays give parents an opportunity to interact with other parents from the program, get to know staff better and have fun, quality time with their children. Food will be served. Dates are Oct. 4, Dec. 6, Feb. 7 and April 4.
To learn more about CA’s Before and After School Care programs, call 410-715-3164 or send an email to SAS@ColumbiaAssociation.org.
-Article by Mary weeks