Monday, December 15, 2014

Rec & Ed has the gift that makes people happy

"Over the past decade, an abundance of psychology research has shown that experiences bring people more happiness than do possessions."                                   -- J. Hamblin, "Buy Experiences, Not Things," The Atlantic
I'm always trying to find the perfect gift. You know, the one that elicits a shriek of joy, becomes a treasured memento and earns me at least one "best mom ever" comment. 

What I've noticed, however, is that no matter how loud the shout of excitement, chances are good that my kids will forget whatever the particular item was just a few months later. That momentary happiness is wonderful, but doesn't lead to a lasting memory or connection to anyone else -- including me. 

So, a few years back I started giving my kids experiences as replacements for some of the "stuff" holiday gifts. For example, I gave my daughter a registration to a beginners' knitting class. She loved it so much that I gave her more advanced classes the following year. A couple of years ago, I took both my mom and daughter to see Wicked the Musical in Detroit as their present. (Chauffeur duty included.)

Guess what my relatives remember? Yes, without fail, everyone fondly remembers these experiences. The toys/books/other stuff? Not so much.

Let Rec & Ed help you give the gift of an experience to everyone on your holiday shopping list.

There are two ways we can help you give the gift of experience: 

1) Purchase a Rec & Ed gift certificate for your family member or friend. Personalized gift certificates are available in any denomination. You can buy one online, at our Rec & Ed office at 1515 S. Seventh Street, or by contacting Mary Hollis at or 994-2300, ext. 0. 

2) Pick out a class for your friend or relative (maybe one that you'll do too?) and register!
Rec & Ed offers hundreds of enriching, educational and fun opportunities for adults and youth. Our new winter catalog is packed with new things to try as well as old favorites.

For example... 

Does someone in your family have a new iPad or iPhone? We've got classes for that.  

How about your aunt or co-worker who enjoys creating art? Our adult art classes have something for everyone. 

Do you have a niece or nephew who's getting married in 2015? How about one of our popular ballroom dance classes to help them get ready for the big day?

Our cooking classes and workshops make a fun winter outing for yourself and a friend!

And of course, Rec & Ed's fitness and yoga classes offer high quality instruction in a community setting.

I could go on (and on) about all of the other wonderful adult and youth classes Rec & Ed has to offer this winter. Please visit our brand new winter catalog to see it all! You can register directly from the online catalog. 

The Atlantic article quoted above talks about how anticipating an experience brings a level of happiness that anticipating a material possession doesn't match. An experience involving something we enjoy also connects us with others -- in a positive, enriching way. 

All of this adds up to joyful memories for everyone involved. And guess who gets thanked for the memory? You do. 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

New Ann Arbor Civic Chorus Director leads winter concert - "Love Changes Everything"

The award-winning Ann Arbor Civic Chorus will introduce new Musical Director Karen Tenbrink at its winter concert this Sunday, Dec. 7, 3:00 p.m. at the Forsythe Middle School Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public. 

In September, Rec & Ed welcomed Karen TenBrink as the Musical Director of the long-running chorus. Karen holds an undergraduate degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a masters degree in Music Education from the University of Michigan. She has directed youth and adult choirs in the United States, Japan and Thailand. She's also a regular performer as a conductor, singer and pianist and the assistant director of the Ann Arbor Vocal Arts Ensemble.

Karen TenBrink
Recognizing that 2014 marks the centennial of the start of World War I, and that the winter concert would fall on Pearl Harbor Day, Karen chose to focus the concert's musical selections on wartime, love and peace themes. 

"Love and peace are constant subjects in vocal music through the ages," said Karen. The concert program showcases a selection of standards and new favorites representing themes of love during war and peace, romantic love, yearning for peace and for a common sense of humanity. 

The concert repertoire includes Mendelssohn ("Give Us Peace"), parlor songs from the 1910s and 1920s ("Let Me Call You Sweetheart"), jazz songs from the 1930s and 1940s ("Bei Mir Bist Du Schon"), and musical theatre favorites (Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Love Changes Everything"). 

Let the Ann Arbor Civic Chorus take you on a journey of love and peace through a century of uplifting music! 

The Ann Arbor Civic Chorus presents
"Love Changes Everything"
Winter Concert
Sunday, December 7, 3:00 p.m. 
Forsythe Middle School Auditorium. 
Free and open to the public.

Monday, November 24, 2014

SLIDESHOW: Singaporeans visit Challenge Island after school class

Jenna Bacolor, Executive Director, Rec & Ed

Finally, it was my turn! After touring several AAPS middle and high schools, on Nov. 13 the Singapore delegation visited one of Rec & Ed's after school elementary STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math). I was happy to show off!

Challenge Island is a new class that we're offering in partnership with Challenge Island - Ann Arbor. The curriculum uses a fun framework -- survival on Shark Tooth Island -- to engage children in hands-on, project-based learning around STEAM concepts.

Thursday's class started with an interactive lesson on the concept of flotation. Students learned the terms "buoyancy" and "hull" (as in hull of a ship) and how hull shape affects flotation. The instructor showed them various objects (an apple, golf ball, leaf and a penny) and asked the kids to guess which would float and why. 

After the lesson, students got into their teams and worked on three challenges around floatation. The students soon forgot about the visitors watching and focused intently on their tasks. The teams chanted numbers as a team member dropped pennies into their boats.

Rec & Ed's Winter After School Classes -- including STEAM offerings like Challenge Island -- will be posted here on Dec. 1. On-line registration begins Dec. 15 and classes begin in January. 

How does Rec & Ed relate to the Toyota-funded AAPS Singapore exchange program? Learn why I traveled to Singapore with the AAPS delegation in July. I also wrote about what I learned that can be applied to Rec & Ed programs in my "insider" blogs: Singa-blog 1, Singa-blog 2 and Singa-blog 3.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

First Steps Adds Parent Library to "Jump Into Speech" Classes

Marj Hyde, Guest Blogger and First Steps Coordinator

Have you ever thought about how children develop language? Those early words and phrases are not only adorable to hear, but also critical for later school success. 

Last year First Steps-Ann Arbor, a division of Rec & Ed, teamed up with AAPS Speech and Language Pathologist Marie Stroud to create a new class called Jump Into Speech. The class is for any toddler, age 15 to 24 months, and their parent or caregiver. Each of the 7-week classes offers specific shared activities that encourage toddlers to use new words and increase their communication skills. Best of all, it's fun for toddlers and their parents!

The original class was so popular that Marie and her First Steps collaborator, Ann Stalhandske, added 2 more classes this year: Jump Into Speech for Two (22-30 months) and Jump Into Speech with Friends (28-38 months).

Why do parents like these classes?

"I know that I am more vocal with my daughter just acknowledging what she's doing and we sing more songs. It's fun and I saw definite results," said one parent of a 2 year old. 

"I'm more conscious of the types of questions I ask my son," another parent commented. "It was valuable to learn the hierarchy of processing questions. [Jump Into Speech for Two] helped me learn more about how to speak to him to initiate dialogue that is meaningful."

We know the Jump Into Speech classes empower parents to make a difference when helping their child learn to talk. 

We asked ourselves what would make Jump Into Speech even more helpful? 

Answer: a library of books for parents to use at home with even more fun activities to support speech! 

Thanks to a Great Ideas grant from the Ann Arbor Public Schools Education Foundation, this library will become a reality. Beginning in January 2015, Jump Into Speech classes will include books to borrow filled with strategies that work at home to increase successful communication.

"We think having a special selection of books for parents will be great and we're so excited that AAPSEF is supporting this!" said both Marie and Ann. "Thank you so much!!"

Marie Stroud, Marj Hyde and Ann Stalhandske with their
grant award certificates.

Want to learn more about the Jump Into Speech classes or First Steps? Contact me (Marj Hyde) at 734-994-4949 or by email. You're also welcome to attend one of the upcoming First Steps orientations

We welcome all Ann Arbor families!

Monday, November 17, 2014

SLIDESHOW: Rick's Run for Kids event photos

Over 400 youth and adults braved the cold Saturday morning to participate in Rick's Run for Kids. Our family-friendly 5K run/walk honored the memory of Rick Dekeon, beloved teacher and coach, and raised over $6,000 for Rec & Ed's youth scholarship fund. 

Check out event pictures here!

Thanks to all who participated and volunteered to make Rick's Run for Kids a success! Event sponsors helped make the event happen: Chartwells K12, Cottage Inn Pizza, Mast Shoes, Office Depot Max, School Board Trustee Glenn Nelson, and the AAPS Physical Education Department. 

Miss the event and still want to donate? Click here and choose "Donations" at the top.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Rec & Ed posts job opportunities in Lifelong Learning & School Age Child Care

This week, Rec & Ed posted six positions in our Lifelong Learning and School Age Child Care divisions. Candidates who are passionate about serving youth and adults in Ann Arbor and possess the critical skills needed are encouraged to apply.

See all of the postings here

These positions are the result of several months of organizational analysis and redesign. We realized that we need to organize our work differently to meet our school district and community needs more effectively in a 21st century world. 

We're proud of our decades-long history of promoting wellness, building community and being inclusive. This legacy is an important part of Ann Arbor's history that we aim to continue and grow for many years.

To view individual job postings, click on the titles below.

School Age Child Care

Rec & Ed's School Age Child Care program provides before- and after school care to students in 18 Ann Arbor Public Schools elementary buildings. SACC provides a safe, child-centered environment where children can grow socially and intellectually. The SACC staff enhance the connections between the school day and the child care program by complementing the school day curriculum with fun activities.  

School Age Child Care Manager

School Age Child Care Supervisor

School Age Child Care Site Specialist

Lifelong Learning

The Lifelong Learning division provides educational and personal growth programs for adults and children in the greater Ann Arbor community. Youth enrichment programs include after school classes and camps for children to explore art, drama, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math), yoga, chess, and many other areas.  

Adults in the community enjoy Lifelong Learning's programming, including personal growth, fitness/wellness, hobbies, art and dance classes. Lifelong also provides adapted classes and programs for teens and adults with disabilities.

Adult Enrichment Supervisor

Youth Enrichment Supervisor  

School Break/Summer Camp Specialist

All of the above postings may be viewed via this link

Monday, November 10, 2014

Singapore delegation begins AAPS visit with music, River Rats and a STEAM project

Jenna Bacolor, Executive Director, Rec & Ed

It's been four months since a delegation of teachers and administrators traveled from Ann Arbor to Singapore. Seeing the familiar faces of our Singapore colleagues walk off the bus at Huron High School this morning, however, made it seem like just yesterday. (BTW - I blogged about my experiences traveling on the Toyota-funded study trip this summer.) 

For the next ten days, it's our Singaporean colleagues' turn to visit us. They arrived at Huron High School to the sounds of the symphony band and a warm welcome from students, Huron and district administrators and the River Rat mascot. Representatives from Toyota and the Institute for International Education are part of the AAPS visit as well.

The Huron symphony band's "Fanfare for the Common Man"
sounded terrific under the arch.

Many of our Singapore colleagues wanted to
take a photo with the River Rat.

Huron students led tours to the marketing class and student-run
store, among other classes.
Later in the afternoon, the Ann Arbor STEAM PLC (professional learning community) met with the Singapore delegation to share and learn together. Tom Pachera of Skyline and Bill Van Loo of Northside STEAM facilitated an engineering lesson for us to work on in small groups. As our internationally mixed groups of educators worked together, the room went from a somewhat awkward silence to animated conversation and laughter. 

Science teacher Christia West,  Rec & Ed youth enrichment
supervisor Ivy Juan, and Community High School Dean Marci Tuzinski
react to our vehicle's...uh...performance.

The team made changes to the prototype. While we
didn't get it to work in the time allotted, we had
a lot of fun trying. 

The Singapore delegation will be visiting several Ann Arbor schools this week and next. I'm excited to welcome them to a STEAM-related Rec & Ed after school class on Thursday. Look for more pictures from that visit later in the week! 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Save $10 on Rec & Ed winter sports for kids

Help your child stay active and have fun this winter!

Online registration is now open for Rec & Ed's winter youth basketball (4th - 8th grade) and indoor soccer (K-5) programs. Enroll by November 18 and save $10.00 on each registration. More information and link to registration here:

Rec & Ed's indoor soccer program builds skills and friendship.

Why do parents and kids alike love Rec & Ed's youth sports programs? We offer the kid-friendliest youth sports program in town! The focus is on teamwork, skill development and fun -- there are no try-outs or cuts. Join the fun!

Learn more and register here:

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rec & Ed tennis program receives national recognition + sign up now for new youth classes

Rec & Ed's tennis program for youth and adults has been named "PTR Proud" by the Professional Tennis Registry, an international tennis instruction organization. 

The "PTR Proud" distinction means that 80% or more of Rec & Ed's tennis instructors have completed PTR certification training. Certified instructors are trained to run dynamic and engaging group lessons, keep the pace and level of learning comfortable yet challenging at each player level and employ a wide variety of teaching methods. 

"Rec & Ed is the only tennis program in southeast Michigan to receive this designation, and one of only three programs in the entire state," said Vanda Shadigian, Rec & Ed's tennis program supervisor and a long-time instructor. 

Rec & Ed's new 10 and Under program features PTR-certified instructors

Rec & Ed's senior instructors have always had PTR certification. When we launched our new 10 and Under program, we wanted to ensure our youth tennis instructors were trained to implement new USTA standards that involve age-appropriate modified court sizes, equipment and teaching methods. (See new youth classes and register here.)

Rec & Ed youth tennis participants
celebrate at the UM Varsity Tennis Center.

PTR offers workshops nationally, but not always in our backyard. To make sure most staff could attend, in May Rec & Ed hosted a national PTR 10 and Under Workshop and Certification training at the University of Michigan Varsity Tennis Center. 

"We're so proud that many of our Rec & Ed tennis staff hold multiple certifications -- Adult, 10 and Under, 11-17, and High Performance," said Shadigian. 

Register now for new youth tennis classes starting soon at the UM Varsity Tennis Center!  

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

4 things you need to know about poverty's impact on kids in Washtenaw County

Jenna Bacolor, Executive Director, Community Education & Recreation

While Washtenaw County students and schools, on average, lead the state on many achievement indicators, these numbers can mask the experiences of many economically disadvantaged kids in our county.  

This was the message at yesterday's Washtenaw County Community Health Committee meeting. Under the theme "Every Child, Every Day: A Portrait of 'At-Risk'" Youth," several speakers covered topics related to the physical and social-emotional health of students, with a focus on the economically disadvantaged. 

How many K-12 youth in our community are economically disadvantaged? 

First, the term "economically disadvantaged" means that the student qualifies for the Free/Reduced Lunch program or lives in a family with a household income less than 185% of the federal poverty limit. (That's about $43,567 for a family of four.) 

In 2012-13, of the 48,240 Washtenaw County K-12 students enrolled in public schools (including charters), 14,516 or 30.8% qualified as economically disadvantaged. 
Yes, that means almost one in three school-age children in our county are at or below the poverty line. 
Thanks to Naomi Norman, Executive Director of Student Achievement Initiatives at the Washtenaw Intermediate School District, who provided the stats and led a thoughtful discussion of this topic.

So what does this mean for kids who live in poverty?

Ashley Kryscynski, program coordinator at Washtenaw Alliance for Children and Youth, provided data from the WACY 2014 Report Card that shows dramatic differences between the county average for all students and the 14,516 economically disadvantaged students.  

These four gaps stood out to me from the school and graduation category. 
All data is from 2012-13. "ED" = Economically disadvantaged. 

  1. The county average graduation rate was 82.9%, but among ED youth was 66%.
  2. The drop-out rate for ED kids was 15.9%, more than double the county average of 6.1%.
  3. MEAP scores from students in grades 3rd - 8th show persistent 20-30 point gaps between the county average and ED youth. 
  4. The number of homeless youth in Washtenaw County has more than doubled in the past three years, from 611 in 2009-10 to 1316 in 2012-13. 
Do these statistics surprise you? Do they confirm what you already suspected or observed? 

In my opinion, most of us don't have a sense of how big the problem is. Many local residents also probably don't know the staggering impact that poverty has on school achievement and graduation rates for kids here in Washtenaw County.   

See the WACY 2014 Report Card and Presentation for more data on kids in Washtenaw County.

Of course, now the question is: what can we do to change this? 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Trike-a-Thon to support First Steps, Ann Arbor's early childhood development program

Bring your strollers, trikes or bikes to the inaugural Trike-a-Thon to support First Steps - Ann Arbor

First Steps supports all families of children from birth to kindergarten entry. Through parent-child classes and other programs, First Steps is dedicated to helping children develop optimally during their crucial first years of life. 

The First Steps - Ann Arbor PTO presents
Saturday, October 11
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Preschool and Family Center
2775 Boardwalk Dr., Ann Arbor 48104
Rain or shine
**The first 75 kids get a free t-shirt courtesy of IHA Child Health-Ann Arbor!**

All ages are welcome. Participants may raise funds by gathering pledges from their friends, neighbors and family. Donations in lieu of pledges are also welcome. Suggested minimum donation: $5.00. 

This is the perfect time to support First Steps! A generous anonymous donor will match all donations up to a total of $250. 

"The PTO is eager to bring together families for a fun-filled morning of triking and biking with bagels and bananas after," said Susannah Keller, co-president of the PTO.

A special course in the parking lot of the Preschool and Family Center will allow kids to practice their bike skills. Kids may ride around as many times as they want. Be sure to bring a helmet if you have one.

For more information to print out a pledge sheet, visit the Trike-a-Thon page. Questions? Contact Marj Hyde at (734) 994-4949 or

As a division of Community Education & Recreation and part of the Ann Arbor Public Schools, First Steps-Ann Arbor provides a high quality, affordable program for families with young children. 

First Steps' mission is to provide the information, support and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life.

Please help us spread the word about Trike-a-Thon via your own social media sites.

Monday, September 29, 2014

SLIDESHOW: Power of Drawing brings out artist in every child

This summer, my email box filled up for my favorite reason -- glowing comments from parents about their children's experience in our Power of Drawing summer camps. 

We've offered this drawing technique class and camps for a year now with a growing following all over Ann Arbor. The technique in POD focuses on "training the eye to observe, see and make creative choices while developing critical thinking skills." This curriculum is unique because there's never a repeating class, K-12. However, students can enter a Power of Drawing class at any skill level and start drawing and learning immediately.  

Take a look at this slideshow of drawings from Rec & Ed campers in grades 3 through 8.

Our fall Power of Drawing classes start this week at 11 elementary schools! 
Find out more and register at our after school class website

Saturday, September 27, 2014

International Chess Master tells Dicken students to play chess and build their minds

Click here to view Rec & Ed's fall chess classes

Playing chess is a powerful way to develop analytical skills, foster the competitive spirit and have fun. This inspiring message was delivered to Dicken Elementary 2nd-5th graders by a special guest from England: Sabrina Chevannes, a Woman International Chess Master.

Sabrina Chevannes
At age 13, Sabrina won the English under-13 championship, the first of many national and international awards.

"Sabrina's chess experience wowed the Dicken student body and empowered them, especially our girls," said Dicken Principal Mike Madison.

Rec & Ed chess instructor Allen Kaufman
 shows off WIM Sabrina Chevannes' new book. 
Sabrina is in the United States to compete in chess tournaments and to promote chess, particularly among school aged children. 

She presented Dicken with a copy of her book, Chess for Children, which teaches children 7 and up the basics of starting chess. WIM Chevannes' visit to Michigan was coordinated by Alan Kaufman, who leads the after school chess program at several Ann Arbor schools, including Dicken.

Mr. Madison added, “Chess is one of those activities that can enhance a child's mind in analytical thinking, problem solving and engagement. Anyone can play, learn new strategies and have fun. Every child should have a chess or checker game at home to play with parents or siblings.”

Rec & Ed offers chess classes for all ages. Most classes begin the week of Sept. 30. For a list of Rec & Ed chess classes including before school, after school and evening chess, click here: Rec & Ed chess classes.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Rec & Ed cooking instructor competes on Food Network shows

Guest Blogger Linda Brzezinski, Adult Lifelong Learning Supervisor

Chef Tom Lin is not only a popular Rec & Ed cooking instructor, but since competing in several Food Network shows, he's also a national celebrity. 

He started last February with Guy Fieri's Grocery Games. This fast-paced show features four talented chefs running through the aisles in a high-stakes, high-skills, grocery store cooking competition. This show is scheduled to begin airing on November 2nd.

After Grocery Games, Chef Tom traveled to Los Angeles to film an episode of Cutthroat Kitchen, hosted by Alton Brown. The show aired on July 20th. View Chef Tom's amazing win in this "After the Show" video. 

"I had the thrill of a lifetime competing on The Food Network," Chef Tom said recently. "What surprised me most was everything that goes on behind the scenes. It took about three hours to set up each cooking challenge!"

Chef Tom was such a talented and entertaining competitor that the Food Network has invited him back to compete again this fall. 

"Who would have thought that I could cook with a jungle torch or make sour cream out of sour candy and ice cream?" he said. "I cannot wait to see what's in store for me the next time around!"

Don't miss any of Chef Tom's high energy Rec & Ed cooking classes this Fall!  Click below to learn more and register. 

10/8 - Shanghai Nights
10/15 - Vegetarian Goes Asian Fusion
12/3 - Szechuan  Classics

Check out Linda's Cooking with Rec & Ed blog for favorite recipes from Rec & Ed cooking instructors and more.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Apply now for a seat on the Recreation Advisory Commission

Are you a city resident with a passion for community education and recreation? The Recreation Advisory Commission is seeking applicants for open seats. 

RAC is a commission of 12 community members: six appointed by the AAPS Board of Education and six appointed by Ann Arbor City Council. RAC advises both entities about public recreation matters.  

Learn more about RAC here: 

RAC's role includes:
  1. Serving as a sounding board for the community by giving input and feedback to staff regarding program offerings, fees charged and policies and procedures,
  2. Raising important issues about all facets of recreation for consideration by policy makers, the media, and the public, and
  3. Acting as Rec & Ed and Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation ambassadors and communicators, keeping up on department activities, and representing the department on committees and in neighborhoods, at work, and in community organizations.
Typically, RAC meets four times each school year, in September, December, March and either May or June. 

How do you know if you're right for RAC?  

The Commission needs people who have an interest in recreation, are knowledgable about AAPS Rec & Ed programs, can bring a little expertise to the table, and are dependable.  Diversity of background and in connection to Rec & Ed is also considered. 

ITO request a link to the on-line application, send an email to (Note: there's an underscore "_" between rec and advisory.)  Application deadline: Sept. 30, 5:00 p.m.

Monday, September 15, 2014

AAPS teacher hooked on Rec & Ed yoga classes

Guest Blogger Victoria Cendrowski, Rec & Ed Fitness Supervisor and Instructor, interviews long-time yoga participant and teacher Cindy Johengen.

Cindy Johengen is one of the best teachers I know. She has been teaching for Ann Arbor Public schools for 27 years and was recently selected to teach at the new STEAM at Northside school. I met her years ago at Allen Elementary school where my daughter Chelsea attended. Cindy has been taking yoga classes through Rec & Ed for 12 years.

• What are your favorite things about taking Rec & Ed yoga classes? 

“My Rec and Ed yoga classes are taught by teachers who are holistic and caring. Classes between the two teachers are flexible, allowing participants to catch make-up classes as needed. My yoga teachers started a monthly Saturday Karma yoga class to sponsor favorite charities. This is a wonderful community of friends who love yoga and want to raise money and awareness for special charities.” 

Cindy at a recent yoga class.
Photo credit: Dwight Cendrowski.
• Would you recommend these classes to your fellow AAPS teachers? 

“I regularly tell the story of my first ever yoga class through Rec & Ed. It was offered after school in my building because of the yoga instructor’s concern for the teachers’ well-being. Her focus on stress reduction through a mindful practice was just what I needed. I was hooked from that first class twelve years ago and have never missed a term. I will continue my practice as a lifelong endeavor and have encouraged many to do the same by joining our regular and Karma yoga classes.” 

At a recent Karma Yoga class, Cindy expressed how important it is to keep doing her yoga practice. Chelsea and I both agree. It promotes wellness and keeps stress in check. 

Cindy recommends Yoga Pilates and Power Yoga Pilates. Registration is open now for the fall session. See class locations, times and register here. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

How to prevent 3 top youth sports injuries - event this Saturday!

This Saturday, our local Safe Kids Coalition is hosting a Kid Zone safety tent during Rec & Ed soccer games at Scarlett. All families are welcome!

Kid Zone: How to Prevent
Overuse Injuries, Concussions, and Dehydration 

Saturday, Sept. 6
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Scarlett Middle School
(Field near Scarlett tennis courts)
Cost: Free 

Kid Zone features interactive displays, educational materials and local experts to answer your questions. Representatives from UM Mott Children's Hospital, ATI Physical Therapy and Running Fit will be on hand to answer your sports injury questions. Stop in for as little or as long as you'd like. 

Kid Zone is most appropriate for children ages 4 and up, accompanied by parents. If soccer games are cancelled due to inclement weather, Kid Zone will be held on Sat., October 4. 

Learn more about the top sports-related health concerns here: 

Please help us spread the word by sharing on your own social media.