On Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, the Oley Valley Middle School, in partnering with the Tri Valley YMCA, opened its YMCA afterschool program. This program is free for middle school students to attend. The program runs Monday through Thursday from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. The program’s home base is in a Middle School classroom.

The program will offer a wide variety of typical program activities including study time, games, art projects, etc. The program will also use school resources to offer unique opportunities for enrichment. These include regular sessions in the Middle School’s new ViewMaster Virtual Reality Lab, a monthly writers workshop given by a published novelist (and OVMS English teacher), organized sports/games/activities run by OVMS physical education teachers as well as community service opportunities both on and off-campus.

The program can also serve as a supplement to other school programs already in place. While we cannot provide transportation for students who stay after school, students can sign-in to the Y-Program when the school activity is completed. The Middle School offers afterschool tutoring from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Some students stay after for Jazz Band or Select Chorus. The program is there if they cannot be picked up until later.

While the program is brand new, we anticipate rapid growth. We greatly appreciate all of the support provided in getting this program started. Superintendent Dr. Tracy Shank and OVCEF Executive Director (and school board member) Mrs. Joanne Ewing were instrumental in ensuring that this program got off the ground. Many thanks to the Oley Valley Community Education Foundation and to the United Way for providing funding for this program. Thanks also to the Tri Valley YMCA staff for working with the Oley Valley Middle School.

This program is provided at no cost to parents. Parents must, however, complete a registration form for child to attend. Forms can be obtained from the district website, from the Middle School Facebook page or from the main office. Donations are accepted. Should you have any questions regarding the program, please contact Mr. Dan Marks, Middle School Principal at 610-987-4100, ext. 4308.

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