It’s finally and June and with that comes the end of the 2018-19 school year at Central Elementary School.

On June 1, our after school club Game Changers had it’s last Playground Crew and said goodbye to all of our first, second, third and fourth grade friends.

Since January 7, Game Changers had nearly 1,500 visits from almost 60 kids who tried everything from coding to oil pastels and watercolor to crafts that included glue guns, sequins and Popsicle sticks! They also spent 12 weeks learning martial arts and kickboxing with Professor Patrick during the winter months and got to try out punching with real boxing gloves and the joy and fun that comes with martial arts fitness and cardio drills.

On top of all that fun, the program utilized the help of local freshman from the Bellows Falls Union High School, earning them a grand total of a combined almost 100 community service hours. Our high school volunteers made a huge difference in their community and in the lives of the students that attended the Game Changers programs.

Finally, Game Changers was all about providing a healthy snack for our club goers and in May, we were lucky enough to partner with the Farm to School Cafe team at Central Elementary and all 60 of our kids received a “light supper” meal of 5 delicious, healthy components each day–all free of charge.

It was an amazing pilot session and we can’t wait to come back in the fall and do it all again–with major improvements and new programming!