Middleburgh Advantage Afterschool Program
Beginning in January 2021, The Schoharie River Center and the Middleburgh School District implemented a new after school program serving students in grades K-12 and their families. A Licensed School Age Child Care program for children in grades K-6, and funded through a grant from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) Advantage After School Program. The Middleburgh Advantage After School Program provides students and their families with high quality after school programs and services. Designed to ensure all children are safe and participating in a variety of age appropriate activities that challenge them intellectually, the program will promote mastery skills focused on literacy, science, problem solving, critical and analytical thinking, creative expression, communication, and healthy physical and socio-emotional development. The Advantage After School Program meets daily, Monday-Friday from 2:45-6pm during the school year at the Elementary School (grades K-6). The Middle/High (grades 7-12) Advantage After School Program is scheduled to open in the Spring 2021.
The four primary activity area of the After School Program are Academic Assistance, Experiential Learning, Physical Development, and Creative Arts. All youth, at all grade levels of the program, have a wide range of opportunities to engage in new and fun activities that will introduce them to new life and career possibilities, foster a love for learning, promote the values of stewardship of our shared environment, and encourage the positive and responsible involvement of all people in their community.
Students in the Middleburgh Elementary School will be treated to eight sessions of Ghanaian drumming and dance, with master drummer, Zorkie Nelson and members of Gballoi. Alongside their participatory learning in the arts, students are also learning skills of interviewing and video documentation as they interact with the artists and learn a little about the language, history, and culture of Ghana.
Mondays throughout the school year, students will be working with, Folklorist, Ellen McHale on a number of projects focusing on their own stories.
Thursdays throughout the school year, students will be working with, filmmaker, Eric Ayotte on a number of projects. They will learn interview techniques, story structure, technical knowledge, and more. Students will use this knowledge to document what is happening in the afterschool program, to interview visiting artists and speakers, and to create short films of their own.