Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Rec & Ed thanks Ann Arbor Fire Fighters for visiting Mitchell child care

Guest Blogger Angelita Jacobs, School Age Child Care Supervisor

Thanksgiving week is the perfect time to say "thanks" to Ann Arbor Fire Fighters for their visit to a Rec & Ed child care program during Fire Prevention Week. Earlier this month, Rec & Ed child care students at Mitchell Elementary enjoyed a visit from Station 4 of the Ann Arbor Fire Department. The station 4 firefighters were engaging and fun while delivering an important message for Fire Prevention Week

"The firefighters were very nice and polite"
- Savannah, age 8
History Lesson
First, fire fighters shared the history behind Fire Prevention Week. The week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which left thousands of people homeless, claimed many lives, burned thousands of acres and destroyed thousands of structures. Since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed each year in early October. 

Fire Safety Tips
The students learned several safety tips, two of the most important being:

  • Families should have a working smoke detector in each bedroom and hallways outside bedrooms -- half of all home fires occur when people are asleep. 
  • Practice makes perfect. Students learned that having a safety plan that includes a meeting space is good, but families need to also practice the plan. 

Drew, age nine, commented, "[The firefighters] were awesome! They told us about fire drills and meeting points." The firefighter gear was impressive to Ja'Nyce, age seven. "They dressed up so we could see how they looked when they go to a fire," she said. 

The Fire Truck (of course)

Hands down, all the children echoed Ja'Nyce's sentiments, "My favorite part was when I got to sit in the firefighter's truck!"

The firefighters' visit was one of many special programs children in Rec & Ed's School Age Child Care program enjoy. Learn more about Rec & Ed Child Care here

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Rec & Ed "Revels" in new youth bowling partnership

Young people in Ann Arbor have a new winter sports option starting in January, 2016. In partnership with the new Revel and Roll bowling facility (formerly Colonial Lanes), Rec & Ed will be offering a new youth bowling league for grades 1-5 and 6-9.  

Youth practice their new bowling skills at Rec & Ed's 
free bowling clinic on November 14. 

“We’re excited about this new partnership with Revel & Roll because it gives families something new to try and another opportunity to stay active this winter," said Elyse Bairley, Rec & Ed's Youth Team Sports Supervisor. "All skill levels and children in grades 1-9 are welcome to join this fun new league.”
(In background) A child receives instruction
on proper technique.

To introduce the new bowling facility and winter league, Rec & Ed hosted a free youth bowling clinic at Revel and Roll on Saturday, November 14. About 50 students attended and received two hours of free bowling instruction. 

Theresa Schneider, a 6th grade parent from Forsythe said, “It’s a great idea to introduce kids to bowling with some guidance, hoping it will improve both their enjoyment as well as their skills.”

Winter Rec & Ed Youth League Details
  • The youth bowling league will be divided into two groups: grades 1-5 and 6-9. 
  • The season runs on Saturdays from January 23 to March 26.
  • Each session will run from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. The first 30 minutes will be bowling instruction followed by league play. 
  • Students will play 3 games per day. 
  • The registration fee covers ball and shoe rental and an end of season pizza party.
  • Go directly to registration here.

Expert Bowling Instruction

Rec & Ed is thrilled that Kurt Kaiser, the Director of Youth Bowling at Revel and Roll, will be providing bowling instruction. Kurt has 5 years experience coaching the Youth League at Colonial Lanes and 5 years experience coaching bowling at Skyline High School as a Bronze Level Instructor. 

“I take great pride in teaching kids who don’t know how to bowl and turning them into confident bowlers,” said Kurt. "Bowling is a lifelong sport and it starts with our youth.”

Questions about this exciting new youth bowling opportunity? Please contact Elyse Bairley at bairley@a2schools.org. Or click here to register and reserve your spot today!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

New for winter break: Lights, Camera, Action Video Camp

Guest Blogger Brady Peck, Rec & Ed Camp Specialist

As a teen at Camp CAEN on UM's North Campus, I learned how to shoot and edit videos using one of the first versions of iMovie. My fellow campers and I had a great time shooting "on location" at various North Campus locations. One scene was supposed to take place in the Lurrie Foundation; however, after we'd already gotten wet, we discovered that capturing audio in a fountain was too difficult. (Lesson learned!) In the end, we produced a 13 minute video featuring a father searching for his long lost son. 

Now, as Rec & Ed's Camp Specialist, I'm thrilled to offer a new state-of-the-art Lights, Camera, Action Video Camp in partnership with Ann Arbor's Community Television Network (CTN). Alysha Schlundt-Bodien, CTN's Training and Facility Coordinator, serves as Camp Director for this hands-on, real-world camp for 5th-8th graders. Offered as a 3 1/2 day camp over winter break, Lights, Camera Action is a superb opportunity for Ann Arbor teens who are eager to explore the world of television. 

Campers will experience a real television studio.  
"By using the principles of inquiry and project based learning, said Schlundt-Bodien, "The campers explore the science of color temperature and how sound is captured." Understanding these scientific principles helps campers create and deliver the end-of-the-week broadcast and connects STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) skills to future careers. 

Additional highlights for campers include:

  • Producing a program in an actual television studio
  • Using state-of-the-art technology while learning advanced special effects, editing and sound engineering
  • Experiencing the critical roles of producer, camera operator, on-camera "talent," engineers and assistants. 

Space is limited to 10 participants - sign up now!

The Lights, Camera, Action Video Camp takes place at CTN's studio on South Industrial Highway in Ann Arbor. A second camp is scheduled for spring break (April 4th-8th). 

For more information, please contact me (Brady Peck) at peckb@a2schools.org